dr. I. Friso - van den Bos (Ilona)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Ilona Friso-van den Bos works as an assistant professor at Educational Science and ELAN. Her research focuses on the use of Virtual Reality in education. One of her projects targets the affordances of Virtual Reality applications to facilitate Situation Awareness of vocational engineering students. In this research project, funded by NRO, she is designing a Virtual Reality training as well as assessment techniques and teacher- and student manuals for a Situation Awareness training programme. Previously, she worked on projects targeting the development, facilitation, and assessment of number sense and mathematical skills from kindergarten to vocational education. In these studies, working memory resources played a fundamental role.


Medicine & Life Sciences
Child Development
Short-Term Memory
Social Sciences
Primary School


I work on the study Connecting the dots: Task-oriented Virtual Reality for the training of situational awareness in secondary vocational engineering education. In this study, a Virtual Reality training programme is developed in which Situation Awareness of vocational engineering students focusing on road construction is trained and assessed. The study aims to not only produce training software to be made available to professionals in vocational education, but also to generate tools supporting the use of the software in lessons, such as teacher manuals in which briefing and debriefing is structured, and manuals for students to use during the lessons. Moreover, tools for formative assessment of Situation Awareness will be included in the toolkit, to guide teachers in their decisionmaking.

The study is under supervision of dr. Bas Kollöffel, and has been funded by NRO.


Xenidou-Dervou, I., Simsek, E., Van Luit, J. E. H., Kroesbergen, E. , Friso - van den Bos, I., van der Schoot, M., & van Lieshout, E. C. D. M. (2021). The Effect of Problem Format on Second Grade Children’s Arithmetic Problem-Solving Performance. In EARLI2021 Online Book of Abstracts (pp. 287-288) http://earli.org/sites/default/files/2021-10/EARLI2021-BOOK-OF-ABSTRACTS.pdf
van de Weijer-Bergsma, E. , & Friso - van den Bos, I. (2021). Werkgeheugen en afleiders in de klas. Tijdschrift voor remedial teaching, 29(3), 14-17.
Friso-van den Bos, I. , Mowlaei, S. , & Kollöffel, B. J. (2020). This is how we roll: A VR environment for training Situation Awareness in roller operator students. In Learning & professional development: From innovative research to innovative interventions: Book of abstracts of the EARLI SIG14 2020 Conference (pp. 154) https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.12515342
Xenidou-Dervou, I., Van Luit, J. E. H., Kroesbergen, E. H. , Friso-van den Bos, I., Jonkman, L. M., van der Schoot, M., & van Lieshout, E. C. D. M. (2018). Cognitive predictors of children's development in mathematics achievement: A latent growth modeling approach. Developmental Science, 21(6), [e12671]. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12671

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I am a teacher in various courses of the MSc Educational Science & Technology programme as well as the accompanying premaster's programme. My focus is on the teaching of academic skills such as writing academic articles, which is a large part of the course Research Studio in the premaster's programme, and of the Final Project. In addition, I am a teacher in the course Trending Topics, in which contemporary developments in educational sciences are presented. My focus in this course is on Virtual Reality for training and assessing Situation Awareness.

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room B208
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  B208
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7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands