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 that is carried out by students. 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. I am completing a book on research methods in the learning sciences (Routledge, 2021), and am doing an exploratory study of digital innovations for teachers, how teachers use them, and to which effects. This will produce an inventory for teachers and teacher educators and identify new opportunities for research.


Hong Kong


McKenney, S. , van Aalst, J., & Forbes, C. (2016). Realizing research-practice connections: Three cases from the learning sciences. In C-K. Looi, J. L. Polman, P. Reimann, & U. Cress (Eds.), 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners: Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1, pp. 639-646). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).

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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands