drs. Q.A. Simons MSc (Quirine)

PhD Candidate

About Me

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.


Other Contributions
Huijbregts, S. C., Bosch, A. M., Simons, Q. A., Jahja, R., Brouwers, M. C., De Sonneville, L. M., ... & Van Spronsen, F. J. (2018). The impact of metabolic control and tetrahydrobiopterin treatment on health-related quality of life of patients with early-treated phenylketonuria: a PKU-COBESO study.  Molecular genetics and metabolism 125 (1-2), 96-103.

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I am currently involved as a supervisor in the research project, part of module 7 of the second-year psychology bachelor program. Furthermore, I will be supervising both bachelor and master students on their thesis. 

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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

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