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Dr. Sandra van Aalderen - Smeets

Senior researcher Science Education and Neuro-education

Within the Center for Science Education and Talent Development I conduct research on teacher professional development in close cooperation with Prof. dr. Juliette Walma van der Molen. My research focuses on science education, the stimulation of inquiry based learning, implicit theories of intelligence, and the promises and pitfalls of neuro-education.

Contact details:
University of Twente
Center for Science Education and Talent Development
Postbus 217
7500 AE Enschede

T: +31 (0)53 489 4295/ +31 (0)6 537 101 24
E: Sandra.vanaalderen@utwente.nl

For more information visit our website on Science Education: http://www.utwente.nl/bms/setd/ or the website on Neuro-education: http://neuroeducatie.com.

For more information about the project on the relevance of mindsets on educational and career choices, please visit the TechYourFuture website (Center of Expertise on Science and Technology Education).

Background

I obtained my PhD from the University of Maastricht and the Donders Institute for neuroimaging, Nijmegen, by investigating the neural correlates of visual selection and attention using fMRI and MEG. I obtained a Msc in developmental cognitive neuroscience from the Department of Psychology, University of Maastricht.

Scientific Publications:

2015

  • Aalderen-Smeets, van, S.I. & Walma van der Molen, J.H. (submitted). The relevance of the implicit theory of intelligence perspective to STEM educational and career choices. Science Education.
  • Aalderen-Smeets, van, S.I., & Walma van der Molen, J.H. (2015). Improving primary teachers’ attitudes toward science by attitude-focused professional development. Journal of Research in Science Teaching (early view).

2014

  • van Atteveldt, van Aalderen-Smeets, Jacobi, and Ruigrok (2014). Critical and accurate media reporting of neuroscience depends on timing, topic and newspaper type. PLoS ONE 9(8): e104780. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104780

2013

  • Aalderen-Smeets, van, S.I. & Walma van der Molen, J.H., (2013). Investigating and stimulating primary teachers’ attitudes towards science: Summary of a large-scale research project. Frontline Learning Research, 1(2), 3-11.
  • Aalderen-Smeets, van, S. I. & Walma van der Molen, J. H. (2013). Measuring primary teachers’ attitudes toward teaching science: development of the Dimensions of Attitude towards Science (DAS) instrument. International Journal of Science Education, 35, 4, 577-600. doi:10.1080/09500693.2012.755576.

2012 & older

  • Aalderen-Smeets, van, S. I., Walma van der Molen, J. H. and Asma, L. J. F. (2012). Primary teachers' attitudes toward science: A new theoretical framework. Science Education, 96: 158–182. doi: 10.1002/sce.20467
  • Asma, L.J.F, Aalderen-Smeets, S.I. & Walma van der Molen, J.H. (2011). Primary teachers’ attitudes towards science and technology: Results of a focus group study. In Vries, de, M.J., Keulen, van, H., Peters, S., and Walma van der Molen, J. (eds.). Professional development for primary teachers in science and technology. The Dutch VTB-Pro project in an international perspective. Sense Publishers.
  • Rijpkema, M., Aalderen-Smeets van, S.I., Schwarzbach, J., and Verstraten, F.A.J. (2008). Activation patterns in visual cortex reveal receptive field size-dependent attentional modulation. Brain Research, 16, 1189-1190.
  • Rijpkema, M., Aalderen-Smeets van, S.I., Schwarzbach, J., and Verstraten, F.A.J. (2007). Beyond the forest and the trees: local and global interference in hierarchical visual stimuli containing three levels. Perception, 36(8), 1115-1122.
  • Aalderen-Smeets van, S.I., Oostenveld, R., and Schwarzbach, J. (2006). Investigating neurophysiological correlates of metacontrast masking with magnetoencephalography. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 2, 1, 21-35.

Non-scientific publications:

  • Sandra van Aalderen, Nienke van Atteveldt & Meike Grol. Kijken in het Brein; Mythen en Mogelijkheden. Uitgeverij Querido. (mei 2015)
  • Aalderen-Smeets, van, S.I., Atteveldt, N. & Grol., M. (2013). Serie van vijf artikelen in NRC Next over toepassingen van hersenonderzoek in het onderwijs, de rechtspraak en de gezondheidszorg (periode van 22 juli t/m 19 aug 2013).
  • Aalderen-Smeets, van, S.I., Atteveldt, N. & Grol., M. (2013). Serie artikelen op kennislink.nl over toepassingen van hersenonderzoek in het onderwijs, de rechtspraak en de gezondheidszorg. http://www.kennislink.nl/auteurs/sandra-van-aalderen-smeets
  • Walma van der Molen, J.H., Aalderen-Smeets, van, S.I., Groot Koerkamp, E., Venneman, G., & Grol, M. (2013). Ruimte voor verwondering; Aandacht voor wetenschap en Techniek. JSW, mei, 9.
  • Walma van der Molen, J.H., & Aalderen-Smeets, van, S.I. (2012). Coursebook: Meerbegaafdheid, Wetenschap en Techniek: Professionalisering voor basisschoolleerkrachten. Kenniscentrum Wetenschap en Techniek Oost.
  • Van Atteveldt, N. & Aalderen-Smeets van, S.I., (2012). Veel leraren verblind door neuromythen. Guestauthorship at SciencePalooza, http://www.sciencepalooza.nl/, November 6th.
  • Walma van der Molen, J.H., & Aalderen-Smeets, van, S.I. (2011). Coursebook: Wetenschap en Techniek: Professionalisering voor basisschoolleerkrachten. Kenniscentrum Wetenschap en Techniek Oost.
  • Aalderen-Smeets van, S.I. (2008). De neurale dynamiek van visuele selectie, Neuropraxis, 11, 6, 193-199.

Conference participation:

  • Aalderen-Smeets, van, S.I., Walma van der Molen, J.H., Dekker, S., & Post, A. (2013). The effects of neuroscience literacy on primary teachers’ attitudes towards learning and teaching. Abstract in proceedings of the EARLI conference for research on learning and instruction (in press).
  • Aalderen-Smeets, van, S.I. & Walma van der Molen, J.H. (2013). Improving primary teachers’ attitudes toward science by attitude focussed professional development. Abstract in proceedings of the EARLI conference for research on learning and instruction (in press).
  • Aalderen-Smeets van, S.I., Walma van der Molen, J.H. (2012). Professional development of primary teachers in science and technology. Paper presented during the national education conference (ORD), Wageningen, The Netherlands, June 21.
  • Walma van der Molen, J.H. , Volbers, J., & van Aalderen-Smeets, S.I. (2012). Forming an alliance between science centers, primary education, and universities: Tackling Issues of space, time and methods in science and technology learning. Paper presented at the annual conference of the European Network of Science Centers and Museums (Ecsite), Toulouse, France, May 31-June 2.
  • Aalderen-Smeets van, S.I. (2012). Kop & Leren. [Learning and the Brain ]. Workshop held in the context of the KOP festival 2012, Deventer, July 14th.
  • Aalderen-Smeets van, S.I. Walma van der Molen, J., & Asma, L. (2010). IOSTEXIV, Bled Slovenië. Development of a questionnaire measuring primary school teachers’ attitudes towards science and technology.
  • Aalderen-Smeets van, S.I., Oostenveld, R., and Schwarzbach, J. (2004). The neural correlates of metacontrast masking. BIOMAG conference 2004, Boston, USA.