New Postdoc: Wouter Schakel

On the 1st of January 2021, Wouter Schakel started as a new postdoctoral researcher. His project will focus on the political, economic and societal factors that explain variation in educational policy across time and space. He will be part of the NWO Vici project led by Herman van de Werfhorst.

New PhD student: Ayça Alayli

On the 1st of October 2020, Ayça Alayli started as a new PhD student. Her PhD project studies the role of standardized tracking procedures in inequality of opportunity at the transition from primary to secondary education and is funded by AMCIS. Her supervisors are Sara Geven, Louise Elffers (Educational Sciences), and Herman van de Werfhorst.

New PhD student: Dieuwke Zwier

On 1 September, Dieuwke Zwier joins the Educational Systems and Inequality Research Program team. Dieuwke completed a bachelor in Sociology and a research master in Social Sciences, both at the University of Amsterdam. In her PhD research, Dieuwke will study how peer relations affect educational decisions, aspirations, and performance in the transition from primary to secondary education.

Dieuwke’s project is part of the National Cohort Study Educational Careers (NCO) PRIMS project, a collaboration between a team of researchers from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Groningen. She will be supervised by Sara Geven, Thijs Bol, and Herman van de Werfhorst.

Workshop “Educational inequalities: psychological and sociological processes” in Tübingen

Herman van de Werfhorst organized a workshop at the University of Tübingen on 1st and 2nd October as part of his visitorship at the University.

Three members of our team also presented their ongoing work at this occasion:

Anatolia Batruch and Herman van de Werfhorst:
“Education-based meritocracy and personal legitimation of stratification”

Andrea Forster, Anna Katyn Chmielewski and Herman van de Werfhorst:
“Tracking, Student Expectations and Higher Education Enrollment. A comparison between the US and Germany”

Lotte Scheeren and Herman van de Werfhorst:
“Female advantage and disadvantage: The role of educational tracking in vertical and horizontal gender segregation in education”

Research Visit Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Andrea Forster will be a visiting PhD student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto in April and May to work on a paper together with Anna Katyn Chmielewski. The paper, which focuses on the role of student expectations on higher education enrollment, will be presented at the Comparative, International and Development Education Center at OISE on April 25.