Akker, Jan van den

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Jan van den Akker, Universiteit van Twente, Nederland

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Jan van den Akker currently combines two positions: since 1997 is a professor (chair on “Curriculum Design and Implementation”) at the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. Moreover, since summer 2005 is also serving as Executive Director Curriculum of the Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO). Originally educated as an instructional psychologist (Masters at University of Utrecht, 1976), he worked four years at the just established SLO before moving in 1980 to the University of Twente, Department of Curriculum Studies, within a Faculty of Education that had a strong orientation on educational design and engineering issues. He completed his PhD in 1988 on a study about primary science education. From 1995-1998 he also served as part-time research professor at the Institute for Teacher Education at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research emphasis is on the interaction between curriculum, teacher and school development. Many studies he initiated and guided have been in the domain of science education. The methodological approach in of those studies is mostly along design/development research. Some (edited) books over recent years include Design approaches and tools in education and training (1999) and Curriculum landscapes and trends (2003) (both by Kluwer Academic Publishers, now Springer). The latest book (2006, edited with Koeno Gravemeijer, Susan McKenney and Nienke Nieveen) is Educational design research (by Routledge).

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