New chair at ECS

Published on
October 5, 2017

On October 2, Prof. dr. Perry den Brok started as new chair at the Education and Competence Studies Group.

On June 12, the executive and advisory board of Wageningen University have decided to appoint Perry den Brok as full professor and chair holder of the Education and Competence Studies group. His chair will be named ‘Education and Learning Sciences’, meaning that the name of the group will also change correspondingly in the near future.

Perry was director of the Eindhoven School of Education at Eindhoven University of Technology between 2015 and2017, as well as leader of the 4TU Centre for Engineering Education for Eindhoven between 2013 and 2017. He started on October 1. Perry is 44 years of age, married to Wendy and has two sons, Bas (9 years) and Tim (11 years) and lives in Wijchen (20 kilometres from Wageningen).

During the past years, Perry has been involved in research on learning environments (from primary to higher and vocational education), teacher professional development and teacher learning, and research on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (e.g. STEM) education. He has also acted as teacher educator, educational consultant, and promotor of various PhD students. Two external PhD students, Hanneke Theelen (Fontys University of Applied Science) and Robert Ovbiagbonhia (Hanze University of Applied Science), will also become part of ECS research (and two more candidates are in progress).

Perry is currently editor of the Learning Environments Research journal, and has been active as chair or board member of several organizations, such as the Dutch Educational Research Association (treasurer, chair of the SIG Teaching and Teacher Education), the SIG Learning Environments of AERA, and EARLI. He has published extensively, more information in this respect can be found at his personal webpage at TU/e and at Google Scholar.

To some of the ECS staff and trainers he is not new, as they already collaborated with him in national networks. Last year, for example, he also took part in some of the PhD defenses of ECS, as external committee member.

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