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I work in education for over 35 years. Studied in the 70s Dutch Language and Literature, Language teaching and Educational Sciences at the University of Groningen.
Experience in education from different perspectives: I worked as a teacher trainer at the teacher training institute of the Utrecht University of applied sciences in the 80s, was head of Language Department and participated in the project ICT and learning at an Institute for Educational Reform APS in the 90s, a trainer/consultant for over 15 years in the Netherlands and abroad and language teacher at schools in secondary and higher Ed.
Since 2003 I’m working as a Language Teacher at Helen Parkurst, a Dalton school for secondary ed. in Almere. Have been international coördinator and ict-coach there as well.
I was always very interested in ICT and learning and since the end of 2011 I do research on Digital Literacy / Online Reading Comprehension at the University of Amsterdam as an independent researcher for my PhD. I combine this with my teaching job, because I want to keep feeling with ‘the real world’ of teaching and learning.
I’m a member of the International Reading Association (IRA) since 1988, the president of the Dutch affiliate of the IRA and the representative of the Netherlands in the International Development in Europe Committee (IDEC), and a member of the Federation of European Literacy Associations (FELA).
We see that the modern network society communicates, collaborates and learns mostly online. But we also know that a lot of students have problems with online literacy, online literacies or what you would like to call it. The ‘digital natives’ are not always very good at using and comprehendig online texts. Research shows (PISA, ORCA) that’s a real problem and students need additional skills and strategies. I think that schools have to prepare students for the real world outside, but in the Netherlands online texts and online communication are not part of the regular curriculum, which is a shame. I have done a literacy study in 2012, and a survey / baseline study amongst language teachers in 2013-14. In september I start a new research phase were I will work with language teachers in a secondary school, Vathorst college in Amersfoort, in which we work in a teacher development group, developing materials and new didactics, implement this in the classroom and research the outcomes. I also make a Duch version of a part of the Online Reading Comprehension Assessment (ORAC) tool. Herefore I use three of my smart 15 old students. I’m very interested in collaborating on this with other researchers and teachers.
I am also a speaker, trainer and consultant and work with schools, teachers, teacher trainers and other professionals in the field of literacy, specially new literacies or online literacy. I work in the Netherlands and abroad. See my freelance page.
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