Maartje Raijmakers

Hoogleraar orthopedagogiek, onderwijswetenschappen

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Faculteit der gedrags- en bewegingswetenschappen
Onderwijswetenschappen, Learn!



  • Informal education
  • interest development
  • inquiry-based learning
  • science education
  • science videos

Expert Statement

Maartje Raijmakers is a professor in Educational Sciences and Developmental Psychology with a major focus on individual differences in cognitive development and knowledge acquisition. Moreover, she is affiliated to science museum NEMO where she setup a research lab, NEMO R&D, to study how learning occurs in informal contexts, such as within families. Learning outside school has different dynamics than in a formal context. Not only cognitive abilities play an important role here, but also interest development. The development of interest for specific topics depends on several factors, such as s 

Voorbeeld van relevante publicatie

de Mooij, S. M. M., Kirkham, N. Z., Raijmakers, M. E. J., van der Maas, H. L. J. & Dumontheil, I. (2020). Should online math learning environments be tailored to individuals’ cognitive profiles? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 191, 104730.

Sachisthal, M. S. M., Jansen, B. R. J., Peetsma, T. T. D., Dalege, J., van der Maas, H. L. J. & Raijmakers, M. E. J. (2019) Introducing a science interest network model to reveal country differences. Journal of Educational Psychology. 111, 6, p. 1063-1080.

van Schijndel, T. JP., Jansen, B. RJ. & Raijmakers, M. EJ. (2018). Do individual differences in children’s curiosity relate to their inquiry-based learning? International Journal of Science Education. 40, 9, p. 996-1015.

Zweers, I., Huizinga, M., Denessen, E., & Raijmakers, M. E. J. (2019, September 25). Inquiry-Based Learning For All: A Systematic Review of the Effects of Inquiry-Based Learning on Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes and Behavior of Students with Social-Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties in Primary and Secondary Education. link



Nederlands, Engels