Jeroen van Merriënboer, Research Director

Research in Education

"Maastricht University belongs to the top PhD programs in the world with high internationally recognized standards".

                                                                                                     Jeroen van Merriënboer, Research Director

Educational research is essential for finding new and better ways to educate doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other health professionals. The general aim of all SHE research, including the PhD programme, is to provide support for research and innovation in health professions education.

SHE’s research programme concentrates on two main research themes: Learning and Innovative Learning Environments and Assessment and Evaluation. These themes are closely aligned with educational development within the medicine and health sciences curricula.

Learning and Innovative Learning Environments

The first theme is concerned with learning environments that challenge learners to become active and self-directed learners. Projects in this theme examine the principles, effects and organization of various learning methods, including:

  • problem-based learning (PBL)
  • experiential learning
  • work-based learning
  • competency-based learning
  • team-based learning

Studies within this theme typically focus on how to:

  • design and develop authentic learning environments in diverse contexts
  • find an appropriate balance between formal and informal learning
  • stimulate students to use knowledge about basic principles and mechanisms in real practice
  • transfer learning from the educational institute into practice
  • adapt learning environments to internationalization developments
  • design new ICT tools and technologies that contribute to effective collaborative learning
  • increase student motivation in learning environments
  • improve student learning through international collaboration

Studies within this theme not only focus on the role of the student, but also on the role of the teacher, coach or supervisor as a facilitator of student learning, and the role of the programme designer or manager as a creator and facilitator of learning environments.

Assessment and Evaluation

The second theme focuses on innovative assessment approaches, such as:

  • student portfolios
  • teaching portfolios
  • recognition of acquired competencies
  • qualitative assessment strategies
  • design principles in programmatic assessment approaches

The focus is not exclusively on student and teacher assessment, but also on the evaluation of education and quality assurance in diverse contexts.

Topics of research include design and validation of instruments and assessment programmes for evaluating teacher performance, as well as the design, implementation and testing of quality assurance systems.


Jeroen J. G. van Merriënboer, PhD, Research Director
Anique de Bruin, PhD, Coordinator PhD programme

PhD Dissertations/Ongoing SHE Dissertations PhD projects

Ongoing SHE dissertations PhD projects
PhD dissertations completed in 2015
PhD dissertations completed in 2014
PhD dissertations completed in 2013
PhD dissertations completed in 2012
PhD dissertations completed in 2011

SHE Publications

SHE Publications 2017

SHE Publications 2016
SHE Publications 2015
SHE Publications 2014
SHE Publications 2013
SHE Publications 2012

SHE Presents

SHE Presents 31.05.2016

Adam Szulewski
Gisèle Bourgeois-Law
Sanne Rovers
Subha Ramani

SHE Presents 11.03.2016

Emmaline Brouwer
Guusje Bressers
Mirja van der Meulen
René Claassen
Joey Nicholson
Muhammed Khan
Wee Ming Lau
Maud Kramer

SHE Presents 10.03.2016

Marie-Laurence Tremblay
Sanne Schreurs
Carolin Sehlbach
Daniel Schumacher
Japke de Ru
Dasha Saveleva
Yasushi Matsuyama
Maura Polansky

SHE Presents 09.10.2015

Esther Giroldi
Valerie van den Eertwegh
Tiuri van Rossum

SHE Presents 19.08.2015

Jette Led Soerensen

SHE Presents 12.06.2015

Susan Wearne

SHE Presents 05.03.2015

Jamie Kellar
Francisco Olmos-Vega
Heshham Marei
Majed Wadi
Luis Carlos Dominguez
Koos van Geel
Tamara Gamboa Saldeco
Viktor Riklevs
Andrea Oudkerk Pool

SHE Presents 25.11.2014

Ellen Kok
Irene Slootweg

SHE Presents 03.10.2014

Laury de Jonge
Alina Smirnova
Dominique Waterval

SHE Presents 23.04.2014

Claudia Schlegel
Esther Bergman

SHE Presents 14.03.2014

Anthony Amalba
Detty Iryani
Guy Bendermacher
Jaime L. Pacifico
Ken Sheng Chew
Krishna Suvarnabhumi
Lorette Stammen
Marlies Schillings
Peter Cantillon
Raphael Bonvin
Victor Mogre
Walter Eppich