Ms C.S. (Ceren) Abacioglu

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Educational Sciences
  • Visiting address
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 127  
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15776
    1001 NG  Amsterdam

Ceren has finished her bachelor's degree in psychology at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey (2014), followed by earning her research master's degree in psychology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA; 2016) with a major in social psychology and minor in educational sciences. During her bachelor's and master's, Ceren has gained research experience in various areas such as developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, and biopsychology. Eager to conduct multidisciplinary research in order to gain a broader perspective on societal problems, Ceren has recently started her PhD as part of the Research Priority Area Yield ( 

Her research focuses how teachers' approach to multiculturalism, its relationship with minority students' peer relationships within their classrooms, and their engagement with learning. She, with her project, aims to understand the challenges that accompany diversity, ways to mitigate them, and relationships between the mitigating factors. Her project is hence a step towards understanding the current state of affairs in multicultural classrooms; and, therefore build a knowledge base that can help teachers gain the necessary skills and knowledge to satisfy the unique needs of students from different cultural backgrounds. 

Belonging to one of the largest ethnic minority groups in the Netherlands, and living in the Netherlands for over three years, she believes she can bring new insights into this particular area of research with her knowledge into the two cultures, with the supervision of Prof. dr Monique Volman of Educational Sciences and Prof. dr Agneta Fischer of Social Psychology. 


  • Abacioglu, C. S., Isvoranu, A. M., Epskamp, S., Verkuyten, M., & Thijs, J. (submitted). Exploring teachers’ influence on student motivation in multicultural classrooms: A comparative network analysis. Journal of Educational Psychology.
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