T. Post MSc (Tim)

PhD student

About Me

Tim Post graduated (cum laude) with a masters degree in Educational Science & Technology (2009) at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. His thesis concerned the use of guided questioning support to foster student reflection and learning in inquiry-based learning environments.

During graduation, Tim participated in a European research project called CoReflect, which aimed at supporting teachers with inquiry-based teaching practice by use of a web-based learning environment. He coordinated the design and evaluation of an comprehensive inquiry-focussed lesson series for primary school children in close collaboration with researchers, instructional designers, domain experts, in-service and pre-service teachers. 

Tim currently works as a PhD student at the University of Twente. He developed and tested a two-year school development program that aims at helping primary schools teachers implement and sustain inquiry teaching practice as part of their daily practice. Among other things, Tim is particularly focussed on stimulating and measuring children's epistemic curiosity within educational settings. In 2017, Tim received a PhD award by the Motivation and Emotion special interest group of EARLI for having developed and validated measures of children's attitudes towards epistemic curiosity.

Alongside Tim's university work, Tim also teaches on the topic of lucid dreaming in the Netherlands and abroad. Lucid dreaming is a scientifically studied state of night dreaming (REM sleep) in which one attains dream awareness. Lucid dreamers can learn to give shape to meaningful dream experiences. Potentially, lucid dreams can be used to enjoy psychological advantages and improved well-being in light of everyday life challenges and goals (e.g., creative problem-solving, rehearsal, stress reduction). Tim presented his work on TEDx, is regularly invited by national radio, tv, and newspapers to talk about lucid dreaming, and is the author of the book Droom Meester.


I believe that most children today graduate from school with untapped talents and ambitions to impact society for the better. This is why I dedicate my life to inspiring schools to adopt inquiry-focussed approaches to learning and teaching. I do so by developing such approaches, assessment tools, and teacher training, and by advising school management on leading successful educational reform.



Other Contributions

Post, T., & Walma van der Molen, J. H. (in press). Development and Validation of a Questionnaire to Measure Primary School Children's Images of and Attitudes Towards Curiosity (the CIAC Questionnaire). Motivation and Emotion.

Post, T., & Walma van der Molen, J. H. (2018). Do Children Express Curiosity at School? Exploring Children’s Experiences of Curiosity Inside and Outside the School Context. Learning, Culture, and Social Interaction, 18, 60–71.

Post, T., & Walma van der Molen, J. H. (2014). Effects of company visits on Dutch primary school children’s attitudes toward technical professions. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 23 (4), 1–25.



Short video about my PhD research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvbsEmXFajA&t

Short video about my research about company visits by primary school children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3V3687ldc4

TEDx Talk about lucid dreaming at the University of Twente in the Netherlands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK3SfNxbK3Y&t

Keynote about lucid dreaming at the Muntada conference in Abu Dhabi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erd5pD8AQ0U&t

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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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