Prof. dr. Juliette Walma van der Molen

Prof. dr. Juliette Walma van der Molen

Director of Centre for Science Education and Talent Development (SETD)

ELAN, Department for Teacher Development
and Centre for Science Education and Talent Development (SETD)

PO Box 217

Visiting address: RAVELIJN Room 5442
Tel: +31-(0) 6 1109 4855; or +31-(0)53 - 489 3560 (secr.)
Fax: +31-(0)53 - 489 4755


Juliette Walma van der Molen graduated (cum laude) in developmental psychology and research methods at the University of Amsterdam and obtained a PhD degree in media education at Leiden University. After working at the Education Department at Leiden University, she switched to the Communication Science Department at the University of Amsterdam, where she received two consecutive postdoc research grants to work as a research fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and in 2005 was appointed Young Academy Member of the KNAW. During those years, Juliette’s research predominantly focused on young people’s learning from different media sources and the role of emotions, identification and attitudinal processes in educational and communication practices. Gradually, she started to focus on young people’s learning of science through different sources, their images of and attitudes towards science and technology, and the possibilities to professionalize teachers and implement new educational strategies that stimulate children’s creative and scientific thinking talents.

To be able to further develop these research contents, in 2009, she switched to the University of Twente as an associate professor at the Institute for Teacher Education, Science Communication & School Practices (ELAN) at the Faculty of Behavioral and Management Sciences. In 2010, she established the Science-Hub ‘Twente Academy Young’ that facilitates joint projects between university researchers, schools, and regional science centers in the field of science and technology education. In addition to a variety of short-term and long-term projects, the Science Hub aims to actively involve and professionalize primary and secondary schools and their teachers. Since 2011, Juliette also is the founder and director of the Research Center for Science Education and Talent Development (SETD) at the University of Twente, where she was appointed honorary professor in 2012. The research center focuses on research into the development of children’s and teachers’ skills and attitudes, effect studies of interventions, and research into the context factors that may affect successful talent development in science and technology and inquiry learning, the development of new measurement instruments, and new instruction technologies that may facilitate scientific and creative thinking strategies. A major goal of the center is to translate results of academic research into practical training, methods, and policy advises. From May 2014 until December 2015 Juliette served as interim head of the Institute for Teacher Education.

In line with her interdisciplinary research approach, Juliette’s research was published in a variety of scientific journals. She was editor of several books, is a frequent lecturer and trainer for education professionals, and serves on a number of review and policy committees where she aims to put theoretical expertise into effective practice, such as the Supervisory Board (Raad van Toezicht) of the National Science Center NEMO, the Academic Board of the Center of Expertise for Technical Education (TechYourFuture), the Innovation Committee of the Platform Beta Techniek, or the Committee on Primary and Secondary Education at the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Selected recent scientific publications

Tuijl, van C., & Walma van der Molen, J.H. (2016). Study choice and career development in STEM fields: An overview and integration of the research. International Journal of Technology and Design Education. 26 (2), 159-183.

Aalderen-Smeets, van, S.I., & Walma van der Molen, J.H. (2015). Improving primary teachers’ attitudes toward science by attitude-focussed professional development. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. DOI: 10.1002/tea.21218

Post, T., & Walma van der Molen, J.H. (2014). Effects of company visits on Dutch primary school children’s attitudes towards technical professions. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 24, 349-373.

Walma van der Molen, J.H., & van Aalderen-Smeets, S.I. (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 towards teaching science: Development of the Dimensions of Attitude toward Science (DAS) instrument. International Journal of Science Education, 35, 577-600.

Aalderen-Smeets, van, S.I., Walma van der Molen, J.H., & Asma, L.J.F. (2012). Primary teachers’ attitudes towards science and technology: Towards a new theoretical framework. Science Education, 96, 158-182.

Vries, de, M.J., Keulen, van, H., Peters, S., & Walma van der Molen, J.H. (Eds.) (2011). Professional development for primary teachers in science and technology. The Dutch VTB-Pro project in an international perspective. Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers.