Our research themes and projects
iSeeNumbers – (Eye) Tracking individual differences in numeracy development. Interplay between skills, motivation and well-being
This project focuses on tracing individual differences in children’s numeracy development from Grade 1 to Grade 3, with the aim of understanding better the mechanisms behind the numeracy development by focusing on the developmental interplay between mathematical skills, motivation and well-being.
Successful beginning for school career: The role of temperament and student-teacher interaction
This project examines what role children’s temperamental characteristics play in their daily interaction with teachers, and what role does this interaction, then, play in children’s successful schooling in terms of their motivation and skill development during grade 1, when children are just starting their school career. The overall aim is to gain a deeper understanding of these mechanisms behind individual characteristics and successful schooling, and, via that understanding, to help teachers to better meet the individual needs and characteristics of students.
Momentary motivation (MOMO)
The MOMO study examines in-situ motivational processes during learning in a sample of university students. It particularly focuses on two types of beliefs that students hold in specific learning situations: Momentary task values (e.g., how useful are the contents taught) and momentary success expectancies (e.g., how well do students think they understand what is taught).
Choking under pressure: Linking math anxiety with math performance
This project will (1) longitudinally investigate the math anxiety–math performance link, in grade 3 to grade 5 students, (2) experimentally investigate the relationship between students’ strategies and task demands with measures of math anxiety and working memory, and (3) implement an intervention aiming at reducing math anxiety in anxious students by implementing an evidence-based learning technique, denoted as retrieval practice.