New PhD Candidates at ECS

Published on
October 27, 2017

This month, we welcomed two new (external) PhD Candidates at our chair group, Hanneke Theelen and Robert Ovbiagbonhia.

Hanneke Theelen

As a part-time PhD student at the ‘Education and Competence studies group’ I’m investigating whether classroom simulations at teacher education can improve PSTs interpersonal competence. I’m also curious whether classroom simulations can decrease the professional anxiety, which many PSTs experience when teaching. I’ve started my PhD January 2016 with Perry den Brok at Technical University of Eindhoven. As Perry moved to a new position at Wageningen University, I will continue my research from here. My daily supervisor stays Antoine van den Beemt from TUE.

The remaining time of my week I teach educational sciences at the Fontys University of Applied Science for teacher education in Sittard.


Robert Ovbiagbonhia

Robert Ovbiagbonhia received his MSc degree in architecture from Delft Technical University. As an architect, he worked for a number of renown and internationally oriented architectural offices in the Netherlands, and conceived and realised several high standard utilitarian and dwelling projects in Europe and Africa. He currently works as a lecturer and research associate in the fields of architecture and building technology at the department of Architecture and Building Technology of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen. Robert Ovbiagbonhia Phd is focusing mainly on developing teaching and learning strategies for innovation competence in the Built Environment Education. In the course of realising the goal of the Phd project, we caved our research activities into three major phases: 1. the problem establishment - the analysis of the needs and context of 8 University of Applied Sciences (UAS) across the Netherlands. 2. intervention design phase - iteratively and conjunctively with teachers to design, develop and test teaching and learning strategies for innovation competence in the Built Environment Education. 3. experimental phase involves the testing of the developed intervention through a pre and post tests. The research activities for phase 1 are concluded. Phase 2 is ongoing but the design criteria and principles for the intervention has been formulated and tested in two  distinct iterations in UAS Groningen and Arnhem. The last and final iteration is scheduled at UAS Zwolle, Februari 2018.