Dr. E.R. (Elwin) Savelsbergh

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Dr. E.R. (Elwin) Savelsbergh

Universitair hoofddocent
Science Education
030 253 8214

My drive is to help providing the best Science and Technology Education to all, as a contribution to an inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous society. After graduating in physics, I started my educational research career from a solidly cognitivist perspective by investigating how students' mental representations affect their physics problem solving performance. In later projects, my interest broadened to include curriculum issues and motivational aspects. My current driving questions can be summarised as:

  • What is worthwhile to know/teach about science and technology in our present day world?
  • How can we, as teachers and designers, help students seeing the relevance of what they are learning in order to promote engagement and deep understanding?

Since June 2021, I have also been appointed as professor of Curriculum Development in Primary and Secondary Education at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences.