Willeke Rietdijk

Willeke Rietdijk
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | VU · Department of Educational Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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May 2009 - February 2019
University of Southampton
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  • Research Assistant

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Publications (34)
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This qualitative study examines the pedagogical potential that a Cartography of Controversy (CoC) approach has in enabling secondary school students to unravel the complexity of socioscientific issues and to communicate about them. The aim was to examine the types of knowledge and the ways in which students approached uncertainty when asked to expl...
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The possible roles of culture, gender, and age-related factors in decision making about socioscientific issues (SSIs) have been underexplored. To study the impact of culture and cross-cultural understanding on students’ decision-making, and how these impacts are possibly mediated by age and gender-related variables, 106 11–13 year old students and...
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The rapidly growing field of epigenetics is now beginning to reveal how our genes are affected by environmental factors such as nutrition, exercise and stress. As it has such profound effects on our everyday lives, this article argues for the inclusion of epigenetics in the compulsory school science curriculum, and explores trainee science teachers...
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In contemplative research, little attention is paid to the lived experience of meditation as it unfolds moment by moment. This PhD research explored how mindfulness meditation unfolds experientially at a micro-level in order to gain a deeper understanding of its possible processes and mechanisms. The micro-phenomenology method was used to interview...
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Factors that affect novice teachers' willingness to engage with health and wellbeing education are explored. An online questionnaire was sent to novice teachers in England (n = 114) who had received pre-service training in health and wellbeing. Semi-structured interviews were conducted (n = 14) to support the questionnaire findings. Pre-service tra...
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Introduction This paper explores the myriad influences including school culture, ethos and environment that may affect early career teachers’ willingness to promote health and engage in teaching health and wellbeing education. Methods Quantitative data were collected via an online questionnaire sent to three cohorts of novice teachers (N=976) to...
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The aim of this study was to investigate how a pedagogical approach designed to promote productive discourse and undistorted communication (Habermas, 1984) can enable secondary school students to communicate about socioscientific issues (SSIs). A small-scale qualitative study design was employed to explore how a group of 13 Biology school students...
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The aim of this study was to investigate how a pedagogical approach designed to promote productive discourse and undistorted communication (Habermas, 1984) can enable secondary school students to communicate about socioscientific issues (SSIs). A small-scale qualitative study design was employed to explore how a group of 13 Biology students communi...
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Mindfulness is increasingly applied within health care and educational settings, with encouraging effects shown on wellbeing and attainment. However most mindfulness research focuses on either the effects or the neuroscience of mindfulness while the phenomenology of mindfulness practice itself seems to be overlooked. This PhD research explored how...
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Recently there has been increasing attention to the educational potential of Socio-Scientific Issues within science education. Using Habermas’ (1984) Theory of Communicative Action a small-scale qualitative study design was employed to explore how a group of 13 Biology school students communicate about the badger – cattle controversy in the UK and...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to understand early career teachers’ perceptions of the impact of a pre-service health education programme on their health promotion practice in schools and the contextual factors that influence this. Design/methodology/approach Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 primary and secondary trainee and...
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Teachers play a key role in promoting children and young people’s health and therefore require health training during their initial teacher education (ITE). However, little is known about the impact of such training on teachers’ knowledge, attitudes, confidence, and competence toward promoting health in school, especially long term. We report on Ph...
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Enquiry-based science in primary classrooms is key to encouraging children's interest and curiosity about the world around them and as a result helps to stimulate their understanding and enjoyment of science. Yet many primary teachers lack the confidence to implement enquiry-based approaches effectively. The reasons are myriad and often result in t...
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teachers have an important role as health promoters; therefore they require adequate training to meet this responsibility. However, little is known about how pre-service health education training affects teachers’ knowledge and attitudes towards promoting health in school once they are qualified. Our research assessed recently qualified teachers’ a...
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This article presents an independent evaluation of the Action Research for Physics (ARP) programme, a nationwide professional development programme which trains teachers to use action research to increase student interest in physics and encourage them to take post-compulsory physics. The impact of the programme was explored from the perspective of...
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The long-term impact of an innovative health education programme during pre-service teacher training in England is explored to discover changes to teachers’ knowledge and attitudes towards health education over time. Purpose: Little is known about the impact of pre-service health education training on teachers’ knowledge and attitudes towards pr...
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Students have been reported to have stereotypical views of scientists as middle-aged white men in lab coats. We argue that a way to provide students with a more realistic view of scientists and their work is to provide them with the opportunity to interact with scientists during short, discussion-based sessions. For that reason, 20 scientists from...
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Poster presenting the theoretical framework, methodology and initial pilot findings of this study.
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Many empirical studies have shown beneficial effects of mindfulness-based interventions, but little research has been conducted into the actual inner processes taking place in, and phenomenological experiences of mindfulness. This research involves a micro-level phenomenological study of moment-to-moment mindfulness experience, using the Elicitatio...
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This paper combines 4 presentations making up a symposium. Inquiry-based learning in science has been advocated by the European Commission at both primary and secondary level of education (Rocard et al, 2007) However, changes in science pedagogy across Europe has proved to be a challenge. In addition cultural and linguistic contexts of learning and...
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This paper combines 4 presentations making up a symposium. Inquiry-based learning in science has been advocated by the European Commission at both primary and secondary level of education (Rocard et al, 2007) However, changes in science pedagogy across Europe has proved to be a challenge. In addition cultural and linguistic contexts of learning and...
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There is a worldwide call to increase the number of young people pursuing science later in their schooling and at University. However, the way in which (primary) science is taught leaves little room for inquiry based learning and the development of scientific literacy. This situation may have dulled students’ appetite for continuing with science an...
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The widespread concern among industrialised countries about the scarcity of physicists is linked to shortages in predicted workforce requirements and strategic global positioning of national economies. Reports from around the world describe a similar story about the declining interest in physics. The pressing need to increase young people’s engagem...
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Book review of Schooling Internationally: Globalization, Internationalization and the Future for International Schools, edited by Richard Bates, Oxon, Routledge, 2011
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This report presents the findings of a research project investigating the value and impact of STEM-related work experience for pre-A Level students. Previously, gaps and weaknesses have been reported in STEM-related work experience, and the aims of this research were to identify these and to explore how these might be addressed by the HE sector in...
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The data for this paper were gathered as part of a national survey, funded by the Centre for British Teachers (CfBT), of teachers working in English secondary schools. The aim was to gather self-report data of teachers’ use of and attitudes towards a range of pupil-level attainment and progress data in their day-to-day work as educational practitio...
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Preface attitudes towards, pupil performance and progress data. Participants were drawn from the full range of teaching experience, level of responsibility and subject background, and from a range of schools. The project investigated, using a mixed methods approach, the extent to which staff in schools are satisfied with their level of understandin...

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