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prof. dr. M.J. Goedhart


After graduation in biochemistry at Utrecht University in 1980, I started my career as a chemistry teacher at a vocational school for laboratory technicians. I taught mainly courses in physical chemistry (thermodynamics, kinetics, chemical bonding, phase transitions and separation techniques). Many students had problems in understanding the abstract concepts in these subjects. These problems were hard to overcome and I became more interested in theory about science teaching and learning. Therefore, I became very interested to start a PhD project in chemical education at Utrecht University in 1984. I investigated the way undergraduate students design measurements in physical and analytical chemistry in a research-oriented laboratory course.

After having gained my PhD (1990) and after a post-doc period in Utrecht, I moved to a vocational school in Leiden, and two years later I got a position as assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam. I lectured chemistry education at the Teacher Training Institute and supervised prospective chemistry teachers during their internship at high school. My main research interests during that period were the development of pre-service teachers, and conceptual development. After some years I moved to the science faculty and coordinated research activities in mathematics and science education at the AMSTEL institute.

Since 2004 I have a position as full professor in mathematics and science education. I am head of the department and director of the master program in Mathematics and Science Education and Communication. My main research areas are argumentation, scientific literacy, and mathematical reasoning.


Academic education and positions:

2004-present  full professor in mathematics and science education University of Groningen

1992-2004      assistant professor and associate professor in chemistry education University of Amsterdam

1990-1992      chemistry teacher Leidse Hogeschool

1990               PhD degree in chemistry education Utrecht University

1984-1990      PhD candidate Utrecht University

1982-1990      Chemistry teacher Ir. W. van den Broekinstituut/Hogeschool van Amsterdam

1980               Master's degree in biochemistry

 Academic memberships:

Member of editorial board of International Journal of Science Education

Member of national research school ICO

Member of programme committee of DUDOC (research programme for highschool teachers)

Member of academic organisations ESERA, NARST, VOR

Member of scientific committees of several international conferences on chemistry and science education



Last modified:31 March 2016 5.29 p.m.

Contact information

Bernoulliborg, Nijenborgh 9

Job title:
Professor / Head of Department