F.M. Wijnen MSc (Frances)

About Me

Frances Wijnen graduated in 2014 for her master Instruction, Learning and Development (Psychology) at the University of Twente. Her thesis focused on learning from erroneous models in secondary education. She compared this new method of learning by modeling with two commonly used ways of learning by modeling: building a model and simulating a model.

After her graduation she worked as a Junior Researcher at the department ELAN. She was involved in the project: Expressive Agents for Symbiotic Education and Learning (EASEL) in which she explored the interaction between children and a social robot in the context of inquiry learning. 

Frances currently works as a PhD-student on the project: Technology as a tool for 21st century learning. In this project she explores the factors that stimulate and/or obstruct primary school teachers to use technology for stimulating higher order thinking skills with children.


Engineering & Materials Science
Learning Systems
Social Robots
Social Sciences
Primary School Teacher
Teacher Attitude
Working Children
Arts & Humanities
Contextual Analysis


Wijnen, F. M. , Voogt, J. , & Walma van der Molen, J. H. (2020). Primary school teachers’ attitudes towards technology use and stimulating higher-order thinking: Development of two questionnaires. Paper presented at 33rd International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, ICSEI 2020, Marrakech, Morocco.
Davison, D. P. , Wijnen, F. M. , Charisi, V. , van der Meij, J. , Evers, V. , & Reidsma, D. (2020). Working with a social robot in school: A long-term real-world unsupervised deployment. In HRI 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 63-72). (ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction).. https://doi.org/10.1145/3319502.3374803, https://doi.org/10.1145/3319502.3374803
Charisi, V. , Davison, D. P. , Wijnen, F. M. , Reidsma, D. , & Evers, V. (2017). Measuring Children’s Perceptions of Robots’ Social Competence: Design and Validation. In A. Kheddar, E. Yoshida, S. S. Ge, K. Suzuki, J-J. Cabibihan, F. Eyssel, & H. He (Eds.), Social Robotics: 9th International Conference, ICSR 2017, Tsukuba, Japan, November 22-24, 2017, Proceedings (pp. 676-686). (Lecture notes in computer science; Vol. 10652).. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70022-9_67

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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
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7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands