Peter Van Petegem

Peter Van Petegem
University of Antwerp | UA · Training and Education Sciences

Ph.D. in Education Sciences

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Introduction
Peter Van Petegem is full professor in Education Sciences at the University of Antwerp and attached to the Department of Training and Education Sciences of the Faculty of Social Sciences. He was visiting professor at NTNU, Trondheim (Norway). He is a founder and member of the Edubron research group (https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/research-groups/edub/). He is interested in evaluation research, at macro level (education policies, international comparative research) and meso level (educational innovation, school policies, quality assurance). He also has a special interest in Environmental Education (EE), STEM and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Peter Van Petegem is Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Educational Evaluation https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0191491X
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January 2000 - present
Universiteit Antwerpen
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Instructional practices in Education for Sustainable Development are thought to play a crucial role in the cultivation of students' action competence towards Sustainable Development issues. This paper explores teachers' interests and their action-oriented instructional practices in ESD. The Action-orientation in ESD Questionnaire (AoESD-Q) employs...
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Informal learning environments (ILEs) like Fablabs and Makerspaces have potential to facilitate development of STEM skills. However, these environments might be difficult for teachers to adopt in their teaching because of teaching approaches grounded in constructionism where the role of the teacher changes from a transmissive instructor to an activ...
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In this study, we investigate the relation between the school organization and outcomes of education for sustainable development, namely students’ action competence in sustainable development. The student data were collected among 629 students. At the organizational level, we collected data among school staff (n = 207) concerning organizational cha...
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In effectiveness literature, voices are rising to embrace learning contents beyond mathematics, science, and language. Meanwhile, international policy documents such as the United Nations 2019 Climate Action Summit Report point at the importance of action for sustainable development for establishing acceptable life conditions for current and future...
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Op vraag van het departement Onderwijs & Vorming van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap werd de samenhang onderzocht tussen de leeftijd en de prestaties wiskunde en wetenschappen van leerlingen uit het 4de leerjaar. Regressie-analyses op de data van TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) tonen aan dat leerlingen die geboren zijn tegen he...
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Op vraag van het departement Onderwijs & Vor-ming van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap werd op basis van de TIMSS-2019-data de samenhang onderzocht tussen de prestaties wiskunde en wetenschappen op leerling- en schoolniveau. Naast de algemene samenhang werd ook de samenhang onderzocht tussen de cognitieve domeinen kennen, toepassen en redeneren en de samenha...
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Op vraag van het departement Onderwijs & Vorming van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap werd de samenhang onderzocht tussen de leeftijd en de prestaties wiskunde en wetenschappen van leerlingen uit het 4de leerjaar. Regressie-analyses op de data van TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) tonen aan dat leerlingen die geboren zijn tegen he...
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Leerkrachten zijn de meest zichtbare spelers van het onderwijssysteem en zetten dagelijks het school- en onderwijsbeleid om in de praktijk. Op vraag van het departement Onderwijs & Vorming van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap werd de samenhang geanalyseerd tussen leerkrachtenkenmerken en lespraktijken en de prestaties wiskunde en wetenschappen van leerlingen...
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Leerkrachten zijn de meest zichtbare spelers van het onderwijssysteem en zetten dagelijks het school- en onderwijsbeleid om in de praktijk. Op vraag van het departement Onderwijs & Vorming van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap werd de samenhang geanalyseerd tussen leerkrachtenkenmerken en lespraktijken en de prestaties wiskunde en wetenschappen van leerlingen...
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Vlaamse scholen beschikken over een relatief grote autonomie. De mate waarin scholen erin slagen de beschikbare beleidsruimte te benutten, verschilt. Om de samenhang na te gaan tussen beleidsvoerend vermogen van scholen en de prestaties van leerlingen, werden de data van TIMSS 2019 gekoppeld aan de gegevens uit de vragenlijst beleidsvoerend vermoge...
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Vlaamse scholen beschikken over een relatief grote autonomie. De mate waarin scholen erin slagen de beschikbare beleidsruimte te benutten, verschilt. Om de samenhang na te gaan tussen beleidsvoerend vermogen van scholen en de prestaties van leerlingen, werden de data van TIMSS 2019 gekoppeld aan de gegevens uit de vragenlijst beleidsvoerend vermoge...
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This study builds on a research-practitioner partnership embedded within an education for sustainable development (ESD) project and aims to explore the major potential challenges (i.e., disciplinary boundaries set by subject specialization, especially in secondary education) and success factors (i.e., teacher co-learning experiences in ESD) associa...
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Empirically based tools to map education for sustainable development within school organisations are not readily available, which is both a cause and a consequence of the scarce empirical and quantitative research on school organisations and education for sustainable development. In present study, the Education for Sustainable Development School Or...
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Policy documents across the globe call for citizen engagement to fight climate change emergencies and build more sustainable societies. They also recognize the key role of formal and non-formal education in preparing citizens to address those challenges. However, there is a need to identify appropriate instruments to evaluate the impact of educatio...
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Based on the concept of action competence, the current study introduces an integrated framework of Professional Action Competence in Education for Sustainable Development (PACesd) described by three defining features: willingness, knowledge of pedagogical approaches, and self-efficacy. To validate this framework, we developed a questionnaire measur...
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A key theme in the science education literature concerns the reluctance of students to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Self-determination theory (SDT) states that social factors in an educational setting, such as teachers’ motivating style, can influence students’ motivation and engagement. This paper invest...
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The “leaky pipeline” with regard to students’ engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) has triggered extensive research to understand and prevent students dropping out from STEM. To boost enrolment and interest in STEM fields, integrated STEM (iSTEM) education could be harnessed by providing students with relevant chal...
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Animal Welfare Attitudes (AWA) can be defined as the attitudes of humans towards the welfare of animals. Although AWA has been previously associated with demographic factors as gender, one of the main limitations is that few studies applied robust psychometric questionnaire scales. Moreover, some evidence of cross-cultural variations in AWA have bee...
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Holistic and pluralistic instructional beliefs and instructional practices in Education for Sustainable Development are often considered of high importance to foster students' competences. This mixed-method study describes the development and the validation of the Holism-Pluralism in Education for Sustainable Development questionnaire (HPESD-Q) to...
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Action competence consists of the knowledge, willingness, and self-efficacy for contributing to a controversial issue such as sustainable development. As such, action competence in sustainable development (ACiSD) is a desired outcome of education for sustainable development (ESD). Still, the scarce instruments for measuring ACiSD that have been dev...
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This study tests an integrative model, which delineates how students’ academic motivation, academic self-efficacy and learning strategies (processing strategies and regulation strategies) at the end of secondary education impact academic adjustment in the first semester of the first year of higher education (FYHE) and subsequent academic achievemen...
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While research on education for sustainable development (ESD) is expanding, empirical evidence on its impact and outcomes remains very limited. Moreover, the facilitating role of the school organization, while extensively documented in literature on school management and school effectiveness, is lacking. In this study we present and qualitatively v...
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Dit rapport beschrijft de resultaten van het TIMSS 2019 onderzoek voor Vlaanderen.
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Research indicates that educational stratification may lead to a lower-track school culture of futility and a less academically-oriented culture among lower-track teachers, leading to both reduced study involvement and lower educational achievement among their students. This study investigated whether an anti-school culture in the lower tracks (in...
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The TIMSS 2019 Encyclopedia: Education Policy and Curriculum in Mathematics and Science presents a profile of mathematics and science education in each of the countries and benchmarking systems that participated in TIMSS 2019. Each country and benchmarking participant completed the TIMSS 2019 curriculum questionnaire and prepared a chapter describi...
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Young students have raised their voices in debates on what action for sustainable development (SD) is necessary. Nevertheless, research that gives voice to 10 to 13-year-olds while looking into SD issues in all their complexity of interrelated environmental, social, and socioeconomic perspectives, is scarce. This study aims to give voice to these y...
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This study aims to identify the characteristics of the school facilitating ESD-effectiveness. Via a literature study we synthesized different notions of educational management in relation to education for sustainable development. The ERIC and GreenFILE databases were searched in combination with strategies such as citation chasing, leading to a tot...
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Our rapidly changing society needs highly-qualified STEM professionals (experts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to develop solutions to the problems it is facing. Many of the students who graduate from a STEM programme in secondary education, however, opt out of STEM when enrolling in higher education, often due to a loss of i...
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Teacher interactions are seen as a source for teachers’ professional development. To better understand this potential, research is needed into who is consulted in data use. Therefore, this study investigates whether Flemish teachers’ popularity in data use discussions can be attributed to formal aspects of the formal school organization, similarity...
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The concept of Action Competence (AC) has been interpreted in different ways in various domains of the educational sciences. Given the rising scholarly attention to AC, these diverse interpretations are problematic because they hinder a common understanding of the concept among scholars. We unravel the interpretation of AC as a competence of people...
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For many years, teachers’ intuitive evaluations of pupils’ competences was considered to be a solid base for decisions; it is only recently that teachers have been expected more and more to use data. We state that insights on intuitive and data-driven approaches need to be integrated to understand and support informed, professional decisions in edu...
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Beginnende leraren lopen het risico hun passie voor het beroep te verliezen en vroegtijdig uit te vallen. Hiervoor kunnen verschillende redenen zijn. Een belangrijk knelpunt blijkt het niet of minder goed kunnen omgaan met spanningen. Wij ontwikkelden een inter-ventie om de beginnende leraar, maar ook de zittende, te helpen dit knelpunt te onder-va...
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Teacher interactions are highly valued in data use. Essential preconditions for teacher interactions are teachers' attitude and self-efficacy. However, how these factors affect the formation of teachers interactions remains unclear. The present study uses social network analysis to reveal the impact of teachers' attitude and self-efficacy on their...
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Policymakers have pinpointed the importance of living in a more sustainable society. Education for Sustainable Development aims at developing future citizens competent to take actions in order to cope with Sustainable Development issues. The instructional design that teachers apply in class play a crucial role in students’ learning. This study is a...
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Supporting first-year students to adjust to their new academic environment is a crucial task in higher education. Investigating students' perceptions of fit between secondary and higher education could give higher education institutions valuable information for student feedback and support, when captured in a reliable and valid way. This study exam...
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The aim of this study is to provide – first theoretically and, subsequently, through an empirical analysis – a rationale for including the concept of overexcitability in talent research, beyond the five-factor model personality traits. Moreover, the empirical part of this study makes use of an innovative statistical method to address the problem of...
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How to cite this paper? Visual concretization of musical concepts as applied by engineers : a case study Roels Johanna Maria, Van Petegem Peter Proceedings of the 9th International Conference "The Future of Education", 27-28 June, 2019, Florence, Italy - ISSN 2384-9509 - Bologna, Filodiritto Editore, 2019, p. 469-474 Full text (open access): https...
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In this paper, we explore how students’ engagement varies in different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning environments. More specifically, we focus on the significance of a learning environment applying an integrated STEM (iSTEM) approach and the significance of STEM learning environments’ student-centredness. Moreover, w...
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Purpose. The Flemish Examination Centre designed an intervention to establish a professional learning community on the topic of writing assessment. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of this intervention and explain how it this intervention succeeded in establishing a professional learning community. Design/ methodology / approac...
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This paper explores how three major factors in education for sustainable development (ESD) practice view the concept of sustainable development (SD). These are (a) international policy documents which shaped ESD, (b) the academic discourse in the field of ESD and (c) students and teachers. SD is a complex concept, and it can be interpreted in sever...
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In this chapter, we argue for a networked approach to professional development. In particular, we propose that to increase the potential value and sustainability of professional development, we need to help instructors learn to recognize and access their teaching network. The teaching network of an instructor reflects the people with whom s/he inte...
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The Motivation Toward the Environment Scale (MTES), developed in Canada, measures people’s self-determined motivation for doing something for the environment. Answering the call by its original developers, this study further validated the MTES within a sample of 779 Dutch-speaking senior secondary school students, aged 17 to 19, in the north of Bel...
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This article adds insights in students' attitudes toward sustainability, with specific focus on students inbusiness management/marketing. It builds upon a number of conceptual interpretations and barriers forchange in higher education for sustainable development, followed by the concept of sustainability competences and the students’ perspectives....
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The Need for STEM Professionals We are increasingly exposed to complex societal and technological problems. Qualified Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals are needed to solve these problems and cope with contemporary demands such as sustainable energy and efficient healthcare [1]. It is not surprising then that the...
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The transition from secondary to higher education is a challenging process, in which the development of students’ motivation plays a pivotal role. The current study examines whether self-efficacy—and how it develops—is able to explain the growth in motivation. The current longitudinal study included five waves, across a period of 25 months (i.e. st...
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In dit actieonderzoek wordt de leerapproach van studenten in een studentgecentreerde competen-tiegerichte leeromgeving vergeleken met die in een traditionele leeromgeving. Studenten uit de bachelor Informatica aan de Universiteit Antwerpen namen deel aan een bevraging betreffende aspecten die de leerapproach beïnvloeden. Beschrijvende statistiek en...
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Om samen verantwoordelijk te zijn voor samen opleiden, is het nodig dat de partners (scholen en opleidingen) elkaars taal spreken en van elkaar weten waar ze verantwoordelijk voor zijn. Om dit in kaart te brengen en om scholen en opleidingen te helpen nagaan waar zij nu staan en waar zij straks willen staan met samen opleiden, ontwikkelden het Kem...
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De democratiseringsgolf binnen het hoger onderwijs heeft internationaal geleid tot een groeiende, diverse instroom van studenten (Schuetze & Slowey, 2002). Daarnaast zijn de voorbereidende studierichtingen van studenten in vele landen meer divers geworden en zien we dat een aanzienlijke groep eerstejaarsstudenten niet meer de traditionele instromer...
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The shortage of graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), has led to numerous attempts to increase students’ interest in STEM. One emerging approach that has the potential to improve students’ motivation for STEM is integrated STEM education. Nonetheless, the implementation of this new instructional strategy is not strai...
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Recent policy and academic voices in the field of Education for Sustainable Development put forward the importance of a holistic approach to the concept of Sustainable Development. We investigated the personal understanding of 'sustainable Development’ of scholars involved in teacher training programs and in the academic field of Education for Sust...
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Educational field trips are common practice in environmental education and education for sustainable development, well recognised by researchers for their potential to achieve cognitive and affective educational outcomes. One of the factors that influences learning during field trips is their novelty. The current study focuses on the interplay betw...
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Previous theoretical research proposed a link between students’ academic motivation and students’ experiences of social integration, but less is known empirically about this association in higher education contexts. In order to explore the directional links between students’ academic motivation and social integration, this survey study aims to inve...
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Teachers' decisions have an impact on pupils' educational trajectories, yet we know little about their decision-making. This study explored how teachers use data and intuition in the decision process in the case of grade retention. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 primary teachers in Belgium. Results show that teachers use little d...
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Zelfrapportagevragenlijsten bij de start van het hoger onderwijs kunnen begeleiders en studenten inzicht geven in het leerstrategiegebruik en de studiemotivatie van studenten. Gebruikers worstelen echter soms met de complexiteit van het instrument, bijvoorbeeld bij het detecteren van risicostudenten. De huidige studie introduceert een alternatief v...
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De wereldwijde trend naar een meer geïntegreerde benadering van schoolse vakken, is er één die ook Vlaanderen niet aan zich wil laten voorbijgaan. Zo wilden we met het initiatief STEM@school onderzoeken op welke manier de STEM-disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering en Mathematics, de zogenaamde bètavakken) geïntegreerd kunnen worden aangebra...
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Interactions among teachers are assumed to improve the quality of teachers' data use. Grouping teachers together challenges them to a more in-depth investigation of how pupil learning outcomes can be improved. This study combines social network analysis with qualitative data out of six teacher teams to provide insight into how teacher interactions...
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The contribution of data use in schools has been proven via visible changes in policy and practice in schools (instrumental effects), changes in practitioners learning or cognition (conceptual effects) and changes in opinions or attitudes regarding teaching or policy-making (symbolic effects). Nevertheless, limited research is available on the exte...
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A key theme in science education research concerns the decline in young peoples’ interest in science and the need for professionals in hard science. Goal Congruity Theory posits that an important aspect of the decision whether to pursue hard science for study or as a career is the perception that hard science careers do not fulfil social (working w...
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This paper discusses how lifelong music learning is connected to sustainable development and shows a case study of the Flanders region in Belgium. Literature, while still in need of much further development, suggests the connection can be established. Belgium scores low in environmental sustainability at the world level, which creates a strong dema...
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Longitudinal data is almost always burdened with missing data. However, in educational and psychological research, there is a large discrepancy between methodological suggestions and research practice. The former suggests applying sensitivity analysis in order to the robustness of the results in terms of varying assumptions regarding the mechanism...
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This paper provides critical reflections on higher education for sustainable development (HESD) from a philosophical perspective. A theoretical framework is developed, based on John Dewey’s thoughts on the aim of democracy and the critical role of education herein, and with specific focus on two constructs: ‘initiative and adaptability’ and ‘values...
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Research shows that learning conceptions are susceptible to change during possible critical transitions in students’ school careers: such as the transition from primary to secondary education and the transition from secondary to higher education. This study aims to determine whether students’ learning conceptions developed during the four years of...