Geert Driessen
Radboud University Nijmegen
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169Publications
20H-index
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Early childhood education (ECE) intervention programs nowadays are the core of the educational disadvantage policy in the Netherlands. They offer institutional compensatory activities to young children who lack educational stimulation in the home environment. Target groups mainly comprise children from deprived socioeconomic backgrounds and of immigrant origin. ECE is confronted with several bottlenecks, including the definition of the target groups, the quality of ECE staff, and the ECE program...
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#1Geert DriessenH-Index: 20
Many countries have implemented policies to prevent or combat educational disadvantage associated with socioeconomic factors in the students’ home environment. Under such policies, educational institutions generally receive extra support from the central or local government. The support is normally based on indicators available in the home environment of the children, mostly family-structural characteristics. In the Netherlands, the core of educational disadvantage policy is the so-called weight...
#1Geert DriessenH-Index: 20
#2Orhan AgirdagH-Index: 17
Last. Michael S. MerryH-Index: 20
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Despite an ever increasing process of secularization in Dutch society, the share of religious schools in the Netherlands has remained remarkably stable over the last fifty years. One explanation for this persistent attraction among parents is the sector’s good reputation regarding educational quality and achievement. This study tests whether this assumption corresponds with empirical reality. The data analyzed come from the second measurement round of the COOL5-18 cohort study conducted in 2011....
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#1Orhan Agirdag (UvA: University of Amsterdam)H-Index: 17
#2Geert Driessen (Radboud University Nijmegen)H-Index: 20
Last. Michael S. Merry (UvA: University of Amsterdam)H-Index: 20
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This study investigates the impact of Catholic schooling on academic achievement of native Belgian and Muslim immigrant pupils. The distinctive characteristics of Catholic schools in Belgium (Flanders) form an exceptionally suitable context to study this. Multilevel latent growth curve analyses are conducted with data from approximately 5,000 pupils across 200 primary schools. No support was found for the Catholic school advantage hypothesis as the overall achievement growth for math and reading...
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#2Eddie DenessenH-Index: 20
Alles op een rij is een artikelenserie waarin Didactief terugblikt op onderwijsonderzoek uit de afgelopen vijftien jaar.
#1Geert Driessen (Radboud University Nijmegen)H-Index: 20
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#1Michael S. Merry (UvA: University of Amsterdam)H-Index: 20
#2Geert Driessen (Radboud University Nijmegen)H-Index: 20
The Netherlands currently has 43 Islamic primary schools. Each is fully subsidised by the government. Yet since the first school was established in 1988 Islamic schools have been confronted with obstacles by the Ministry of Education, bad press and increasingly strict state supervision. Under pressure to improve their image, since 2008 Dutch Islamic primary schools have turned their attention away from expanding their numbers and instead focussed on improving school quality. In this article we d...
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#1Geert Driessen (Radboud University Nijmegen)H-Index: 20
#2Orhan Agirdag (UvA: University of Amsterdam)H-Index: 17
Last. Michael S. Merry (UvA: University of Amsterdam)H-Index: 20
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Notwithstanding dramatically low levels of professed religiosity in Western Europe, the religious school sector continues to thrive. One explanation for this paradox is that nowadays parents choose religious schools primarily for their higher academic reputation. Empirical evidence for this presumed denominational advantage is mixed. We examine and compare several studies purporting to show a denominational school effect, and then turn our attention to the Dutch case. Owing to its longstanding a...
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#1Geert Driessen (Radboud University Nijmegen)H-Index: 20
From birth on, children are confronted with an ever-growing variation of languages. In Dutch primary schools the main language model nowadays is a submersion model centring round Standard-Dutch. The disappointing results of several small-scale bilingual experiments and the large-scale implementation of a bilingual model for immigrant children in the past had led the Ministry of Education to abandon bilingual education, that is, with the exception of models with English, German or French as a sec...
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#1Geert Driessen (Radboud University Nijmegen)H-Index: 20
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