Quirine Simons obtained her bachelor's degree in Pedagogy and Educational Sciences at the University of Groningen. In 2018, she graduated cum laude with a double master's degree in Applied Neuroscience and Educational Science at Leiden University. After finishing her studies, she continued working as a research assistant and lecturer in academic and clinical skills at Leiden University.
In September 2020, she started her PhD at the University of Twente within the department of Instructional Technology (BMS), under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Eliane Segers, Prof. Dr. Ton de Jong and Dr. Martine Gijsel (Hogeschool Saxion). In collaboration with Tech Your Future, Stichting Lezen and Malmberg, her goal is to design an evidence-based online learning environment for science education in prevocational secondary education, in which reading comprehension and scientific reasoning are integrated. In her research, she combines behavioral methods with neurocognitive methods, such as eye-tracking. Additionally, teacher training and professionalization play an important role in her project.
Quirine is particularly interested in the role of language/reading comprehension in learning and linking insights from cognitive neuroscience to educational practice.