At the AERA 2022 annual meeting, Marinda Spithoff and Monique Dijks will present findings from their research.
A global trend is that decision-making in education becomes more and more decentralized. The Netherlands is an example of a strong decentralized educational system; school boards in the Netherlands are responsible for most aspects of education. Decisions that boards have to make, involve several internal stakeholders. By use of a policy simulation, we tried to gain insight into the involvement of stakeholders and the use of information in decision-making processes of school boards. Our results indicate that stakeholders are only incidentally involved in the decision-making process. Moreover, boards use only a small portion of the available information. Nevertheless, the participation of stakeholders and the use of information seem to be a predictor for the quality of the board’s policy.
Educational choices in secondary education should be carefully made, especially if they have far-reaching consequences for students’ future careers. Student satisfaction can be used to evaluate some educational choices. The current study aimed to predict secondary school students’ satisfaction with their study profile choice (i.e., one out of four combinations of subjects in upper secondary education) from behavioral, normative, and control beliefs, using structural equation modelling (N=183). The proposed model fitted well and explained a large part of the variance of satisfaction. Behavioral, normative, and control beliefs proved to be highly associated. Moreover, normative beliefs, and especially the expectations of friends contribute significantly to student satisfaction. These results suggest that considering friends’ opinions in educational choices increases students’ short-term satisfaction.
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has appointed Professor Maria Loi and Professor Dirk Slotboom from the Faculty of Science and Engineering as members of the Academy.
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded three Vici grants, worth €1.5 million each, to three UG researchers. Prof. J.W Romeijn, Prof. S. Hoekstra, Prof. K.I. Caputi can use this money to develop an innovative line of research and to set up...
Reaching out to sustainable business owners is what Gjalt de Jong is all about. He sees the University as a director of innovation. An independent arbiter who can expedite the shift to a circular economy. To this end, he first needed to change...
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