VU means looking further. Ever since its establishment in 1880, VU University Amsterdam has stood for distinctiveness in the application of scholarship. We ask of our more than 23,000 students, researchers, doctoral candidates and staff members that they look further: further than their own interests, further than their own disciplines, further than the familiar, further than the here and now. Education encompasses this ethos fully: we research not only how parenting influences the developing brain and how education influences learning, but also what comprises good parenting and meaningful education.
Whether we study the process of parenting or that of learning, we gather insights into all domains in order to benefit society. Take, for example, the advances in teaching processes, such as e-learning or the methods developed in Developmental Psychopathology for assisting parents and training care-providers. In this context, our University Centre [hyperlink], a unique institute in the Netherlands and abroad, serves as an effective driver in proven valorisation and innovative power
Interested? We are pleased to introduce you to two of our Education researchers. Lydia and Carlo will speak about why they find 'looking further' so intriguing, valuable and fun.
I am head of research into the upbringing and development of children in the department of Clinical Child and Family Studies. One of the main questions guiding this research is how we can help the children and the people responsible for their upbringing when things go wrong. Strange as it may seem, it is precisely the “soft forces” – such as patience and understanding of children, emotional support, intimacy and nurture – that provide the hard evidence for the importance of good upbringing. Our research helps us to understand the world around us better. This is only possible if we know the factors that determine human behaviour, and to this end we need to study how people become what they are through upbringing and development.
As professor of Educational Neuropsychology I investigate the extent to which social and cultural factors influence the cerebral development of children and adolescents. The brain of children and adolescents is shaped by everything that it experiences. I would like to know more about the mechanisms responsible for these changes.