What do you do at the HHS? 

I am a lecturer at International Business teaching critical thinking and business communication to international students. With my great team we develop and teach skills from presenting, analytical report writing to debating and more. 

Next to that I am happy to be researcher for the research group Change Management, weaving research into critical thinking education. 

What is your background? 

Frisian with a Rotterdams-Groningse streak. I went to a college in the USA at the age of 17 where I discovered that my English was not that bad and that I could pursue a study in English Language and Literature. After two years I continued this at the VU resulting in a thesis about textuality. As a student I already started teaching college students Business English as a part-time job, which ended up in a full-time job and a teaching degree.I have been teaching at IB since 2007.  

What is your research about? 

I thought about combining business and films for years but never got around to doing it. Until a few years ago when the research group Change Management actually organized a film festival called Corporate Bodies: where film meets organization. I got the opportunity to take students and colleagues to the film Margin Call, introduce it and discuss some financial world issues with them. 

This entails me looking into critical thinking education and film in the classroom but also outside going to the Filmhuis Den Haag. One part of it is critically reviewing the course I already taught and research how film/documentary enhances students’ critical thinking skills. And critically reflect what I do as a lecturer. Together with Jacco van Uden I have written a chapter about this soon to be published in Reshaping International Teaching and Learning: Universities in the Information Age (Routledge). 

With my colleagues I have developed two Thinking in Action courses for IB, and the research and redevelopment never stops, as critical thinking never stops. 

The quest I am on now is creating a Toolkit for other lecturers on how to teach critical thinking skills linked to film (scenes). We need to have students improve their critical thinking skills over the course of the their study and I am working on a very interesting way of doing this – which I like to share.  I also write monthly blogs about this where I reflect with colleagues and students on ‘business’ scenes. And lastly, together with two colleagues we are recording a podcast about how to deal with conspiracy theories in the HBO classroom as lecturer. Putting critical thinking into action!

Researcher for Change Management, investigating film, education & critical thinking. Implementing it as lecturer for International Business, all at THUAS.

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