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Dynamic Testing & Learning potential
Focus on cognitive potential

Prof.dr.Wilma C.M. Resing
Unit Developmental and Educational Psychology
Institute of Psychology. Leiden University

Information students

This study will focus on children’s ability to learn within the domain of inductive reasoning. Master students will administer inductive reasoning tasks (e.g. analogical reasoning or serial reasoning), following a pretest – training – posttest control-group design, to primary school children. The effect of dynamic testing on children’s inductive reasoning performance is the main topic in this research. Master students can investigate, for example:

  1. gender differences in dynamic testing
  2. strategies children use to solve the tasks
  3. which type and amount of feedback is required 
  4. the role of children’s verbalizations in dynamic testing 

Master students can also investigate the role of cognitive flexibility, giftedness, language and electronic devices concerning the reasoning process.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for (research) master students who want to be part of this research project.

Your tasks will include:

  • Finding schools who are willing to participate in this study.
  • Keeping in touch with the contact person at the school and the teachers.
  • Administer different tests to school-aged children.
  • Scoring the administered tests and putting the scores in SPSS files.
  • Analyze the results and write your thesis.
  • You have good social skills and are able to communicate carefully with the contact person at the participating schools, teachers and the children.
  • You are flexible and available to test children at the schools during the week, for a period of multiple weeks.
  • You can work on your own and you can work with deadlines .
  • Because of testing the children you are fluent in Dutch.

Other requirements are:

If you are interested in this Master’s thesis project please send your letter of motivation and CV to one of the project leaders (see Projects).


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