dr. J.C.W. van Aalst (Jan)

Guest Researcher

About Me

Through the years I have worked on different approaches to inquiry-based and collaborative learning, especially knowledge building and formative assessment of in knowledge building. More recently, my interests have shifted to the impact of research in the learning sciences on education more generally. A first step in this direction was the development at the university of Hong Kong of a professional masters for teachers and curriculum developers. In ELAN I am continuing with the same theme. In 2022 I completed a textbook on research methods with Jin Mu, Crina Damsa, and Sydney Msonde (Routledge, 2022). I am currently writing a book on learning for the general public, and doing a literature study on the psychology of complot theories.


Engineering & Materials Science
Social Sciences
Academic Achievement
Collective Knowledge
Hong Kong


van Aalst, J., & Yoon, S. A. (2021). From the outgoing editors. Journal of the learning sciences, 30(1), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1080/10508406.2021.1880158
Feng, X. , van Aalst, J., Chan, C. K. K., & Yang, Y. (2020). Co-designing a collective journey of knowledge creation with idea-friend maps. In M. Gresalfi, & I. S. Horn (Eds.), 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings (pp. 1429-1436). (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL; Vol. 3). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).
Yang, Y., Du, Y. , van Aalst, J., Sun, D., & Ouyang, F. (2020). Self-directed reflective assessment for collective empowerment among pre-service teachers. British journal of educational technology, 51(6), 1960-1980. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.13040
Yang, Y., Chen, Q., Yu, Y., Feng, X. , & van Aalst, J. (2020). Collective reflective assessment for shared epistemic agency by undergraduates in knowledge building. British journal of educational technology, 51(4), 1136-1154. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12909

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