Sven De Maeyer

Sven De Maeyer
University of Antwerp | UA · Department of Education and Training Sciences

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Introduction
My main interest is on measurement issues and methodological issues in educational sciences. Recently we started a big research project on (Adaptive) Comparative Judgement as a tool for Competence Measurement. More info on: http://www.d-pac.be/
Additional affiliations
January 2012 - present
Universiteit Antwerpen
September 2009 - April 2015
University of Antwerp
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
January 2004 - December 2014
Utrecht University
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
September 2004 - September 2004
Utrecht University
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Publications (213)
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The change in learning strategies during higher education is an important topic of research in the Student Approaches to Learning field. Although the studies on this topic are increasingly longitudinal, analyses have continued to rely primarily on traditional statistical methods. The present research is innovative in the way it uses a multi-indicat...
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Change in learning strategies during higher education is an important topic of research when considering students’ approaches to learning. Regarding the statistical techniques used to analyse this change, repeated measures ANOVA is mostly relied upon. Recently, multilevel and multi-indicator latent growth (MILG) analyses have been used as well. The...
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This study shows that in order to measure writing skills reliably one needs multiple assignments rated by multiple raters. However, the number of assignments needed to assure a reliable measurement depends on the population studied. For first-year university students, one does not need to rate as many texts as for ninth-graders. Especially, when wr...
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The discourse of educational equity has captured public imagination and become an entrenched policy value. In the attendant struggle to improve educational equity, governments draw inspiration from analyses based on data from highly standardized, international large-scale assessments. As these analyses are used as a lever for policy formulation, it...
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In this paper we explore the influences of normal ageing and verb transitivity on sentence production. The underlying aim is to provide a foundation for further research on sentence production in Alzheimer's disease (AD). We used a computer-based written sentence production task, designed to elicit intransitive, monotransitive and ditransitive sent...
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Background: Ageing and clinical factors impact brain glucose metabolism. However, there is a substantial variation of the reported effects on brain glucose metabolism across studies due to the limited statistical power and cross-sectional study designs. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed data from 441 healthy males (mean 42.8, range 38-50 years)...
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The discourse of quality has permeated everyday discussions about education, yet the concept as such remains complex. Moreover, during the constant struggle to improve educational quality, governments have increasingly devoted attention to the results of international large-scale assessments. As those results are used to inform policy decisions to...
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This study investigates the differential effects of a task-based inside-school intervention and an outside-school project intervention on the development of speaking skills of 56 beginner second language (L2)-learners. The study extends previous research by looking at development across multiple occasions instead of two (i.e., a pretest and posttes...
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Researchers often decide on the number of trials included in an experiment without adhering to an empirical method or framework. This might compromise generalizability and unnecessarily increase participant burden. In this article we want to put forward generalizability theory as a guide for task reduction. We will use a sentence production task to...
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In this study we examine process configurations in synthesis tasks. We study whether these configurations are students traits or vary within students per task. In a national survey with a representative sample of 658 Dutch upper-secondary school students, we collected writing tasks, registered students’ writing behaviors (via keylogging) and their...
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In this article, we explore if the observation of writing behavior can assist in the screening and follow-up of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). To this end, we examined the extent to which overall writing process measures and pausing behavior during writing differed between 15 cognitively impaired...
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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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The advantage of comparative judgment is that it is particularly suited to assess multidimensional and complex constructs as text quality. This is because assessors are asked to compare texts holistically and to make a quality judgment for each text in a pairwise comparison based upon on the most salient and critical differences. Also, the resulted...
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Auditory brainstem implantation (ABI) is a relative recent development in paediatric hearing restoration. Consequently, young-implanted children's productive language has not received much attention. This study investigated speech intelligibility of children with ABI (N = 3) in comparison to children with cochlear implants (CI) and children with ty...
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Completing questionnaires is a complex task in which multiple cognitive processes play an important role. Despite critiques of the reliability of questionnaires, our research strived to gain more insight into the process of completing questionnaires by using eye-tracking. We investigated how both the question and the categories of answers were bein...
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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 mixed-method quasi-experimental study examined whether metaconceptual grammar teaching impacts on (a) students' L1 grammatical understanding, (b) their 'blind' use of grammatical concepts and (c) their preference of using explicit grammatical concepts over everyday concepts in explaining grammatical problems. Previous research, involving singl...
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Writing process data of 15 cognitively impaired patients and 15 age- and gender-matched healthy controls were obtained. Each of them completed two typed picture description tasks that were logged with Inputlog, a keystroke logging tool. Variables included time on task; number of characters, pauses and Pause-bursts per minute; proportion of pause ti...
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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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Although collaboration is increasingly required in today’s academic and work contexts, there are many ways in which teamwork can be impaired by dysfunctional inefficiencies and process loss. An important form of process loss is the tendency for individual members of a team to exert less effort than their fellow team members (i.e., social loafing)....
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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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To writing anything on a keyboard at all requires us to know first what to type, then to activate motor programmes for finger movements, and execute these. An interruption in the information flow at any of these stages leads to disfluencies. To capture this combination of fluent typing and typing hesitations, researchers calculate different measure...
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Writing process data of 90 healthy elderly (50 - 90 years) were obtained. Each of them completed a typed sentence production task that consisted of 40 trials. Time on task, production time, and pause times before sentences, between words and within words were logged with a keystroke logging tool (ScriptLog). The data were used to examine the influe...
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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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Background: Medical practitioners' reflective skills are increasingly considered important and therefore included in the medical education curriculum. However, assessing students' reflective skills using rubrics does not appear to guarantee adequate inter-rater reliabilities. Recently, comparative judgment was introduced as a new method to evaluat...
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Comparative judgment (CJ) has been recently introduced in the educational field as a means of assessing competences. In this judgement process, assessors are presented with two pieces of student work and are asked to choose which one is better in relation to the competencies being assessed. However, since student work is heterogeneous and highly in...
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Among other things, learning to write entails learning how to use complex sentences effectively in discourse. Some research has therefore focused on relating measures of syntactic complexity to text quality. Apart from the fact that the existing research on this topic appears inconclusive, most of it has been conducted in English L1 contexts. This...
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Educating student teachers to teach highly diverse groups of pupils has become one of the central tasks of teacher education programmes. Research on inclusive education has pointed to the need for more studies around student teachers’ inclusive teaching competence. This study explores the extent to which student teachers’ beliefs and self-efficacy...
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Comparative Judgement (CJ) is slowly gaining momentum in the context of educational assessment. Data coming from CJ is typically analysed with the BTL-model, making use of a frequentist approach. Increasing computational power of computers has made Bayesian inferences more accessible, resulting in the rise of Bayesian model estimation. In this post...
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Dit rapport beschrijft de resultaten van het TIMSS 2019 onderzoek voor Vlaanderen.
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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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Writing a synthesis text-a text that integrates information from different sources-forms part of the educational curriculum of Dutch secondary education. Representative information on students' synthesis writing skills is currently missing. Therefore, we carried out a national survey on synthesis writing in the three highest grades of pre-universit...
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Writing process data of 116 participants (50 - 90 years) were obtained. Each of them completed a typed sentence production task that consisted of 40 trials. Pause times between and within all words, target nouns and target verbs were logged with a keystroke logging tool (ScriptLog). The data were used to perform a Generalizability and a Decision st...
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Feedback acceptance and use are often seen as requirements for teacher change after a school inspection. Non-educational research, however, points to the role of feedback recipients’ willingness to use the feedback received as an intermediate phase between their acceptance and use of the feedback. It also postulates the importance of a recipient’s...
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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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Educational stakeholders generally assume that inspection feedback directly contributes to school improvement through the mechanism of feedback acceptance. Feedback research in general distinguishes between cognitive and affective responses as significant factors for feedback acceptance, but it also focuses on cognitive responses as antecedents of...
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A social network approach provides a valuable framework to assess and strengthen teacher collaboration, which is considered important in realizing inclusive education. However, to our knowledge, there is no research that has used a social network approach to measure and strengthen teacher collaboration in the context of inclusive education. Therefo...
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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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Scholars often focus on the presence of teacher stress and anxiety as emotional side effects of a school inspection, though this limited focus has resulted in an incomplete view of teachers’ experiencing of other emotions. Additionally, lack of evidence on positive emotional inspection outcomes raises questions about the presence of such emotions d...
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This quasi-experimental study assessed the effects of the newly developed Transformative Dialogic Literature Teaching (TDLT) intervention on 15-year-old students' insight into human nature, eudaimonic reasons for reading, use of reading strategies, and motivation for literature education. Six TDLT units centered around short stories about "justice...
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In de praktijk en uit eerder empirisch onderzoek blijkt dat cv-screening niet altijd zorgt voor geschikte kandidaten voor een vacature. Verschillende zaken kunnen hiervan de oorzaak zijn: één beoordelaar voert de screening uit, waardoor cognitieve vertekeningen het selectieproces kunnen beïnvloeden; de beoordeling focust niet op alle relevante aspe...
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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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Comparative Judgement (CJ) aims to improve the quality of performance-based assessments by letting multiple assessors judge pairs of performances. CJ is generally associated with high levels of reliability, but there is also a large variation in reliability between assessments. This study investigates which assessment characteristics influence the...
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This study reports on the development and validation of a video-based measurement instrument to assess pre-service teachers' (n = 278) professional vision of inclusive classrooms (PVIC). PVIC includes two dimensions of teacher quality that are essential in effective inclusive classrooms: (positive) teacher-student interactions (TSI) and differentia...
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Objectives: Medical curricula are investing more and more in educating students as lifelong reflective learners. The research analyses the development of medical students’ information literacy self-efficacy and measures the differences between study years. Methods: Data has been collected within a 6-year curriculum for four continuous academic year...
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Despite the developmental perspective of school inspections, teachers in inspected schools are not always willing to accept the school inspection’s feedback for their further improvement of teaching and learning processes. Literature distinguishes several aspects of feedback that stimulate or hinder the acceptance of feedback, such as recipient’s c...
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Presentation at the 17th International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association (ICPLA) Conference in Malta.
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In higher education, writing tasks are often accompanied by criteria indicating key aspects of writing quality. Sometimes, these criteria are also illustrated with examples of varying quality. It is, however, not yet clear how students learn from shared criteria and examples. This research aims to investigate the learning effects of two different i...
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Comparative judgment (CJ) is an alternative method for assessing competences based on Thurstone’s law of comparative judgment. Assessors are asked to compare pairs of students work (representations) and judge which one is better on a certain competence. These judgments are analyzed using the Bradly–Terry–Luce model resulting in logit estimates for...
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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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In order to enhance the quality of education, school self-evaluation (SSE) has become a key strategy in many educational systems. During an SSE process, schools describe and evaluate their own functioning, often by administering questionnaires among teachers. However, it is unknown to what extent SSE questionnaire results are distorted by responden...
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It is very difficult and time consuming to assess texts. Even after great effort there is a small chance independent raters would agree on their mutual ratings which undermines the reliability of the rating. Several assessment methods and their merits are described in literature, among them the use of rubrics and the use of comparative judgement (C...
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Insight into aspects that guide teachers' decisions when assessing student text quality is crucial to an understanding of the validity of text scores. Such research has been lacking in the context of comparative methods which are, however, increasingly being used for text assessment purposes. This study reports on the aspects of argumentative texts...
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A Design Science Research project is presented, describing the creation of an Information System for the assessment of human competences while supporting learning. First, requirements that emanate from current mainstream competence evaluation practice are introduced. Then, design principles are presented to address the design requirements. Finally,...