dr. N.M. Nieveen (Nienke)

About Me

Nienke Nieveen is Director of the UT’s teacher education programs and Associate professor at ELAN, the Department for Teacher Professional Development within the Faculty of Behavioral, Management, and Social Sciences

Her orientations are in teacher professional learning in relation to curriculum (re)design in schools, educational design research and curriculum design approaches and tools.

Her dissertation, in 1997, was based on a four-year design-based research project in the field of curriculum design and evaluation. From 1997 to 2007 she was appointed assistant professor at the University of Twente, specializing in curriculum design research and school-based curriculum development. From 2007 - 2019 she was working at SLO Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development and from 2017 - 2019 she combined this with a associate professorship at TU/e, Eindhoven School of Education.

Nienke is associate editor of The Curriculum Journal, chairs the Curriculum Division of VOR (Dutch Educational Research Association), she chairs the Curriculum Innovation Network of EERA (European Educational Research Association), she is co-founder of the teacher educators network "Curriculum design by teachers", she is board member of EuroAcs (European Association on Curriculum Studies) and member of international Network for Curriculum Studies (University of Stirling, Scotland).


Social Sciences
Curriculum Development
Development Policy


Nieveen, N. , & Kuiper, W. (2021). Integral curriculum review in the Netherlands: In need of dovetail joints. In M. Priestley, D. Alvunger, S. Philippou, & T. Soini (Eds.), Curriculum making in Europe: Policy and practice within and across diverse contexts (pp. 125-150). Emerald. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-83867-735-020211007
Priestley, M. , & Nieveen, N. (2020). Understanding curriculum. In The Early Career Framework Handbook (pp. 135-143). SAGE. http://hdl.handle.net/1893/31485
Leeman, Y. , Nieveen, N. M., de Beer, F., & van der Steen, J. (2020). Teachers as curriculum‐makers: the case of citizenship education in Dutch schools. Curriculum journal, 31(3), 495-516. https://doi.org/10.1002/curj.21
Huizinga, T. , Nieveen, N. M. , & Handelzalts, A. (2019). Implementation Activities in Design Teams: Opportunities to Demonstrate and Acquire Design Expertise. In J. Pieters, J. Voogt, & N. P. Roblin (Eds.), Collaborative Curriculum Design for Sustainable Innovation and Teacher Learning (pp. 175-190 ). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20062-6_10
Huizinga, T. , Nieveen, N. M. , & Handelzalts, A. (2019). Identifying Needs for Support to Enhance Teachers’ Curriculum Design Expertise. In J. Pieters, J. Voogt, & N. P. Roblin (Eds.), Collaborative Curriculum Design for Sustainable Innovation and Teacher Learning (pp. 115-137). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20062-6_7
Handelzalts, A. , Nieveen, N. M. , & van den Akker, J. (2019). Teacher Design Teams for School-wide Curriculum Development: Reflections on an Early Study. In J. Pieters, J. Voogt, & N. P. Roblin (Eds.), Collaborative Curriculum Design: Sustainable Curriculum Innovation and Teacher Learning. (pp. 55-82). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20062-6_4

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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