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dr. O. (Orhan) Agirdag

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Educational Sciences
Photographer: Rob Stevens

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 127
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Postal address
  • Postbus 15776
    1001 NG Amsterdam
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  • Who is Orhan Agirdag?

    Orhan Agirdag (PhD in Sociology) is an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam. He is also associated to KU Leuven and a former Fulbright Fellow at the UCLA. His main research interests include inequalities in education, teacher education, multilingualism and religiosity. Orhan Agirdag received various prestigious awards. He is an author of more than 100 publications that are cited over 600 times. As a multilingual researcher, he writes in English, Dutch and Turkish. Currently, Orhan Agirdag holds the chair of scientific research at the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO). Professor Agirdag is regularly invited to give public talks and his opinions are regularly featured in the media.

  • Publications

    2018

    • Agirdag, O. (2018). The impact of school SES composition on science achievement and achievement growth: mediating role of teachers’ teachability culture. Educational Research and Evaluation, 24(3-5), 264-276. https://doi.org/10.1080/13803611.2018.1550838 [details]
    • Agirdag, O., & Vanlaar, G. (2018). Does more exposure to the language of instruction lead to higher academic achievement? A cross-national examination. International Journal of Bilingualism, 22(1), 123-137. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367006916658711 [details]
    • Hemmerechts, K., Vicente, N. J. E., Agirdag, O., & Kavadias, D. (2018). Social Capital and Mathematics Achievement of Fourth and Fifth Grade Children in Segregated Primary Schools. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), 23(3), 209-229. https://doi.org/10.1080/10824669.2018.1428101 [details]
    • Hemmerechts, K., Kavadias, D., & Agirdag, O. (2018). Immigrant students’ educational expectations: The role of religious affiliation and practice. Journal of Beliefs and Values, 39(1), 86-104. https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2017.1374596 [details]
    • van de Oudeweetering, K., & Agirdag, O. (2018). Demographic data of MOOC learners: Can alternative survey deliveries improve current understandings? Computers and Education, 122, 169-178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2018.03.017
    • van de Oudeweetering, K., & Agirdag, O. (2018). MOOCs as accelerators of social mobility? A systematic review. Education Technology and Society, 21(1), 1–11. [details]

    2017

    • Agirdag, O., Driessen, G., & Merry, M. S. (2017). The Catholic school advantage and common school effect examined: A comparison between Muslim immigrant and native pupils in Flanders. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 28(1), 123-135. https://doi.org/10.1080/09243453.2016.1251469 [details]
    • Driessen, G., Agirdag, O., & Merry, M. (2017). Denominatie van de school, gezins- en schoolsamenstelling en onderwijsprestaties: Verschillen openbaar en bijzonder onderwijs in hun opbrengsten? . Pedagogiek, 37(1), 47-61. https://doi.org/10.5117/PED2017.1.DRIE [details]
    • Hemmerechts, K., Agirdag, O., & Kavadias, D. (2017). The relationship between parental literacy involvement, socio-economic status and reading literacy. Educational Review, 69(1), 85-101. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2016.1164667 [details]
    • Pulinx, R., Van Avermaet, P., & Agirdag, O. (2017). Silencing linguistic diversity: The extent, the determinants and consequences of the monolingual beliefs of Flemish teachers. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 20, 542-556. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2015.1102860 [details]

    2016

    2015

    • Agirdag, O. (2015). Onderwijs, minderheden en meertaligheid. Sociologos, 36(1), 45-50. [details]
    • Agirdag, O. (2015). Scholen in de meertalige stad: niet elke taal is gelijk. In V. Mamadouh, & A. van Wageningen (Eds.), EU@Amsterdam: een stedelijke raad (pp. 67-74). Amsterdam: AUP. [details]
    • Agirdag, O., Yazici, Z., & Sierens, S. (2015). Trends in pre-school enrolment in Turkey: Unequal access and differential consequences. Comparative Education, 51(4), 537-554. https://doi.org/10.1080/03050068.2015.1081796 [details]
    • Altinyelken, H. K., Çayır, K., & Agirdag, O. (2015). Turkey at a crossroads: critical debates and issues in education. Comparative Education, 51(4), 473-483. https://doi.org/10.1080/03050068.2015.1089076 [details]
    • Vanherwegen, D., Vlegels, J., Agirdag, O., Van Houtte, M., & Lievens, J. (2015). De relatie tussen kunsteducatie en studieresultaten in relatie tot de SES-achtergrond van leerlingen en de SES-compositie van scholen. Pedagogische Studiën, 92(4), 214-233. [details]

    2014

    • Agirdag, O. (2014). Onderwijsongelijkheid tussen anderstalige en Nederlandstalige leerlingen en de effectiviteit van eentalig versus meertalig onderwijs. In B. Benyaich (Ed.), Klokslag twaalf: tijd voor een ander migratie- en integratiebeleid (pp. 173-192). Brussel: Itinera Institute. https://doi.org/10.13140/2.1.1955.7442 [details]
    • Agirdag, O. (2014). The literal cost of language assimilation for the children of immigration: the effects of bilingualism on labor market outcomes. In R. M. Callahan, & P. C. Gándara (Eds.), The bilingual advantage: language, literacy and the US labor market (pp. 160-181). (Bilingual education & bilingualism; No. 99). Bristol: Multilingual Matters. [details]
    • Agirdag, O. (2014). The long-term effects of bilingualism on children of immigration: student bilingualism and future earnings. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 17(4), 449-464. https://doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2013.816264 [details]
    • Altınkamış, N. F., & Ağırdağ, O. (2014). Determinants of language use and attitudes among Turkish speakers in Flanders: a focus on generational difference. Bilig, 70, 59-80. https://doi.org/10.12995/bilig.2014.7003 [details]
    • Ağırdağ, O., Jordens, K., & Van Houtte, M. (2014). Speaking Turkish in Belgian primary schools: teacher beliefs versus effective consequences. Bilig, 70, 7-28. https://doi.org/10.12995/bilig.2014.7001 [details]
    • Hemmerechts, K., De Roeck, F., Kavadias, D., & Agirdag, O. (2014). Het effect van immigratieachtergrond op de onderwijsverwachtingen van leerlingen in Vlaanderen: de rol van religieuze affiliatie en praktijken. Tijdschrift voor Onderwijsrecht en Onderwijsbeleid, 2014(1), 16-28. [details]
    • Pulinx, R., Agirdag, O., & Van Avermaet, P. (2014). Taal en onderwijs: percepties en praktijken in de klas. In N. Clycq, C. Timmerman, P. Van Avermaet, J. Wets, & P. Hermans (Eds.), Oprit 14: naar een schooltraject zonder snelheidsbeperkingen (pp. 97-133). Gent: Academia Press. [details]

    2013

    • Agirdag, O., Van Avermaet, P., & Van Houtte, M. (2013). School segregation and math achievement: a mixed-method study on the role of self-fulfilling prophecies. Teachers College Record, 115(3), [030305].
    • Agirdag, O., Van Houtte, M., & Van Avermaet, P. (2013). School segregation and self-fulfilling prophecies as determinants of academic achievement in Flanders. In S. De Groof, & M. Elchardus (Eds.), Early school leaving & youth unemployment (pp. 46-74). Leuven/Amsterdam: LannooCampus Publishers/Amsterdam University Press.

    2012

    • Agirdag, O. (2012). Determinants of attitudes toward Muslim students among Flemish teachers: a research note. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 51(2), 368-376. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2012.01637.x
    • Agirdag, O., Huyst, P., & Van Houtte, M. (2012). Determinants of the formation of a European identity among children: individual- and school-level influences. Journal of Common Market Studies, 50(2), 198-212. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2011.02205.x
    • Agirdag, O., Van Avermaet, P., & Van Houtte, M. (2012). De vraag is waarom: De impact van segregatie op cognitieve en non-cognitieve uitkomsten. Pedagogiek, 32(2), 129-150.
    • Agirdag, O., Van Houtte, M., & Van Avermaet, P. (2012). Ethnic school segregation and self-esteem: the role of teacher-pupil relationships. Urban Education, 47(6), 1135-1159. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042085912452154
    • Agirdag, O., Van Houtte, M., & Van Avermaet, P. (2012). Why does the ethnic and socio-economic composition of schools influence math achievement? The role of sense of futility and futility culture. European Sociological Review, 28(3), 366-378. https://doi.org/10.1093/esr/jcq070
    • Demanet, J., Agirdag, O., & Van Houtte, M. (2012). Constrict in the school context: the impact of ethnic school diversity on the quantity and quality of friendships. Sociological Quarterly, 53(4), 654-675. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1533-8525.2012.01245.x
    • Nouwen, W., Agirdag, O., Van Houtte, M., Van Avermaet, P., Vandenbroucke, A., & Mahieu, P. (2012). Conclusies van vier jaar onderzoek naar segregatie. In O. Agirdag, W. Nouwen, P. Mahieu, P. Van Avermaet, A. Vandenbroucke, & M. Van Houtte (Eds.), Segregatie in het basisonderwijs: Geen zwart-wit verhaal (pp. 97-111). Antwerpen: Garant.
    • Strobbe, S., & Agirdag, O. (2012). Desegregatie in de praktijk: de Feniks. In O. Agirdag, W. Nouwen, P. Mahieu, P. Van Avermaet, A. Vandenbroucke, & M. Van Houtte (Eds.), Segregatie in het basisonderwijs: Geen zwart-wit verhaal (pp. 145-151). Antwerpen: Garant.

    2011

    • Agirdag, O., & Van Houtte, M. (2011). A tale of two cities: Bridging families and schools. Educational Leadership, 68(8), 42-46.
    • Agirdag, O., Demanet, J., Van Houtte, M., & Van Avermaet, P. (2011). Ethnic school composition and peer victimization: a focus on the interethnic school climate. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 35(4), 465-473. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2010.09.009
    • Agirdag, O., Hermans, M., & Van Houtte, M. (2011). Het verband tussen islamitische religie, religiositeit en onderwijsprestaties. Pedagogische Studiën, 88(5), 339-353.
    • Agirdag, O., Van Houtte, M., & Van Avermaet, P. (2011). Ethnic school context and the national and sub-national identifications of pupils. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 34(2), 357-378. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2010.510198

    2010

    • Agirdag, O. (2010). Exploring bilingualism in a monolingual school system: insights from Turkish and native students from Belgian schools. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 31(3), 307-321. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425691003700540

    2009

    • Agirdag, O. (2009). All Languages Welcomed Here. Educational Leadership, 66(7), 20-25.

    2016

    • Ağirdağ, O. (2016). Belçika’daki Türk kökenli oğrencilerin anadil konuşmalarının etkileri: Okul başarısı ve okula aidiyet duyguları. In E. Esen (Ed.), Bir çocuk -İki dil: Berlin örneğinde Türk-Alman okul öncesi eğitim koşulları ve fırsatlar (pp. 209-225). Ankara: Siyasal Kitabevi. [details]
    • Ağirdağ, O. (2016). Die Auswirkungen der Benutzung der Muttersprache von türkischstämmigen Schülern in Belgien: Schulerfolg und Schulzugehörigkeitsgefühl. In E. Esen (Ed.), Ein Kind - Zwei Sprachen: Bedingungen und Perspektiven in der Deutsch-Türkischen Frühkindlichen Bildung am Beispiel Berlin (pp. 233-251). Ankara: Siyasal Kitabevi. [details]
    • Van Praag, L., Sierens, S., Agirdag, O., Lambert, P., Slembrouck, S., Van Avermaet, P., ... Van Houtte, M. (2016). Haal meer uit meertaligheid: Omgaan met talige diversiteit in het basisonderwijs. Leuven: Acco. [details]

    2015

    • Agirdag, O., & Korkmazer, B. (2015). Etnische ongelijkheid in het onderwijs. In D. Dierckx, J. Coene, P. Raeymaeckers, & M. van der Burg (Eds.), Armoede en sociale uitsluiting: jaarboek 2015 (pp. 231-249). (Armoede en sociale uitsluiting; No. 24). Leuven: Acco. [details]
    • Altinyelken, H. K. (Guest ed.), Çayır, K. (Guest ed.), & Agirdag, O. (Guest ed.) (2015). Turkey at a Crossroads: Critical Issues and Perspectives in Education. Comparative Education, 51(4), 473-591.

    2017

    • Agirdag, O. (2017). Het straffen van meertaligheid op school: de schaamte voorbij. In O. Agirdag, & E-R. Kambel (Eds.), Meertaligheid en onderwijs: Nederlands Plus (pp. 44-52). Amsterdam: Boom.
    • Agirdag, O. (2017). [Review of: M.S. Merry (2014) Equality, citizenship and segregation: A defense of separation]. Education and Urban Society, 49(7), 701-706. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013124516658952 [details]
    • Agirdag, O., & van de Oudeweetering, K. (2017). Inleiding: de paradox van meertaligheid in de Lage Landen. In O. Agirdag, & E-R. Kambel (Eds.), Meertaligheid en onderwijs: Nederlands Plus (pp. 9-16). Amsterdam: Boom.
    • Van Praag, L., Agirdag, O., Van Avermaet, P., & Van Houtte, M. (2017). De meerwaarde van de thuistalen van leerlingen in praktijk omgezet: het Validiv-project in het kort. In O. Agirdag, & E-R. Kambel (Eds.), Meertaligheid en onderwijs: Nederlands Plus (pp. 66-78). Amsterdam: Boom/Lemma.

    2016

    • Agirdag, O. (2016). Etnische diversiteit in het onderwijs. In B. Eidhof, M. Van Houtte, & M. Vermeulen (Eds.), Sociologen over onderwijs: Inzichten, praktijken en kritieken (pp. 281-307). Apeldoorn: Garant. [details]

    2014

    2016

    • Agirdag, O. (2016). A deeper analysis of the relationship between language use and academic achievement using PISA 2012 data. Paper presented at ECER European Conference on Educational Research 2016, Dublin, Ireland.
    • Agirdag, O., & Vanlaar, G. (2016). A hot piece of PISA: The relation between language use and academic achievement. Paper presented at Cultural Diversity, Migration, and Education, Potsdam, Germany.
    • Pulinx, R., Agirdag, O., & Van Avermaet, P. (2016). Teachers beliefs about citizenship education: different dimensions and variation across teachers and schools. Paper presented at European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Dublin, Ireland.

    2015

    • Agirdag, O. (2015). The literal cost of language assimilation. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2015, Chicago, United States.
    • Agirdag, O., Driessen, G., & Merry, M. S. (2015). Is there a catholic school effect for muslim pupils?. Paper presented at 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA) 2015, Prague, Czech Republic.
    • De Backer, F., Van Biesen, L., Agirdag, O., Van Houtte, M., & Van Avermaet, P. (2015). The multi-layered impact of multilingualism on the educational achievement of pupils. Paper presented at European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2015, Budapest, Hungary.
    • Driessen, G., Agirdag, O., & Merry, M. S. (2015). Performance differences between religious and non-religious schools. Paper presented at European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2015, Budapest, Hungary.
    • Van Laere, E., Agirdag, O., & Van Braak, J. (2015). Multilingual education in the context of superdiversity: exploring the use of bilingual support in a computer-based learning environment. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2015, Chicago, United States.
    • van Praag, L., Agirdag, O., Stevens, P., & Van Houtte, M. (2015). The role of Islamic religiosity in the educational success of minorities in Belgium. Paper presented at Dag van de Sociologie 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    Award

    • Agirdag, O. (2015). Prize Frans Van Cauwelaert by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science.
    • Agirdag, O. (2014). VENI: Towards a better understanding of the multi-layered reality of linguistic inequalities in education.
    • Agirdag, O. (2012). PhD Dissertation Prize.
    • Agirdag, O. (2012). Research on Early School Leaving.
    • Agirdag, O. (2008). Best Master Thesis.

    Media appearance

    • Agirdag, O. (05-12-2017). Opinie: Meertalige kinderen van de rekening De Standaard. Opinie: Meertalige kinderen van de rekening.
    • Agirdag, O. (07-10-2015). Leer eens een 'zwarte' taal! [Radio] Radio 1. Leer eens een 'zwarte' taal!.
    • Agirdag, O. (03-10-2015). MO Actueel [Television] NPO. MO Actueel.
    • Agirdag, O. (28-11-2014). Probeert Erdogan met zijn uitspraken de aandacht af te leiden? [Television] Brussel, VRT. Probeert Erdogan met zijn uitspraken de aandacht af te leiden?.
    • Agirdag, O. (05-10-2014). Kinderen van hoogopgeleiden vullen Vlaamse aula's [Print] Veto, Veto.be. Kinderen van hoogopgeleiden vullen Vlaamse aula's.
    • Agirdag, O. (10-09-2014). Belçika’da 15 senedir süren asimilasyonist eğitim politikalarının bilimsel temeli yok, Interview by Serpil Aygün [Print] Binfikir. Belçika’da 15 senedir süren asimilasyonist eğitim politikalarının bilimsel temeli yok, Interview by Serpil Aygün.
    • Agirdag, O. (01-09-2014). Terug naar school [Radio] Radio 1 (Vlaanderen). Terug naar school.
    • Agirdag, O. (09-08-2014). Lange arm van Erdogan reikt tot in Vlaanderen [Print] De Standaard. Lange arm van Erdogan reikt tot in Vlaanderen.
    • Agirdag, O. (12-06-2014). Weinig multicultureel onderwijs in witte scholen [Web] http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/binnenland/1.1995027, Brussel. Weinig multicultureel onderwijs in witte scholen.

    Talk / presentation

    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (20-12-2018). Etnische diversiteit in het onderwijs, University College Ghent.
    • Agirdag, O. (speaker) (11-12-2018). Racisme en onderwijs, Orbit vzw.
    • Agirdag, O. (speaker) (20-6-2018). Hoe omgaan met meertaligheid?, Stad Beringen.
    • Agirdag, O. (speaker) (12-5-2018). Meertaligheid en onderwijs, Lokale Overlegplatform Diest.
    • Agirdag, O. (speaker) (7-5-2018). Gastcollege meertaligheid en onderwijs, University of Utrecht, Utrecht.
    • Agirdag, O. (speaker) (2-5-2018). Onderwijsongelijkheid in Vlaanderen, Toy.
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (23-4-2018). Inspirerende schrijvers van de Arabische of Turkse gemeenschappen waarmee we het dichtst samenwonen in onze stad, Monty.
    • Agirdag, O. (speaker) (23-3-2018). Conference of Comenius Association for students, Conference of Comenius Association, Brussel.
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (20-3-2018). Onderwijssegregatie, Maastricht University.
    • Agirdag, O. (keynote speaker) (27-1-2018). Speaker invited by SOS Schulden op School, Brussel, SOS Schulden op School, Brussel.
    • Agirdag, O. (speaker) (27-1-2018). Workshop: invited by Minderhedenforum, Antwerpen, Minderhedenforum.
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (7-1-2016). Uitdagingen van etnische diversiteit in het onderwijs, Keynote. Invited by school Vierwinden, Brussels.
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (9-12-2015). Panel discussion, Invited lecture by Curieus, Ghent, Belgium.
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (11-9-2015). Uitdagingen van etnische diversiteit in het onderwijs, Keynote. Invited by Studio Globo, Brussels, Belgium.
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (5-6-2015). Panel discussion, Invited by Movement X, Brussels, Belgium.
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (2-6-2015). Uitdaging van diversiteit in het onderwijs, Invited by Passerel, Aalst (Belgium).
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (28-4-2015). Educational inequality and language, Invited by European Union, Brussels, Belgium.
    • Agirdag, O. (speaker) (25-4-2015). Panel discussion, Invited by DieGem Consortium, Leuven, Belgium.
    • Agirdag, O. (speaker) (20-3-2015). Panel discussion, Invited by Rota Turkish Student Association, Ghent (Belgium).
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (19-3-2015). Lezing over superdivers onderwijs, Invited by Dar es Salaam, Brussels, Belgium.
    • Agirdag, O. (speaker) (12-3-2015). Panel discussion, Invited by Comenius Student Association, Amsterdam, NL.
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (27-2-2015). Openingslezing op Onderwijsdag met thema Hoe divers willen we worden?, Invited by Associatie Universiteit & Hogescholen Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium.
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (24-2-2015). Lezing op Publieksavond Onderwijs -De Toekomstfabriek/Een ander land, Invited by Masereelfonds, Ghent, Belgium.
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (9-2-2015). Educational inequality and language, Invited by Lokale Overleg Platforms (LOP), Houthalen (Belgium).
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (28-1-2015). Against all odds: Characteristics of successful Turkish students, EPN Breakfast talks 25 by the European Professionals Network, Brussels, Belgium.
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (16-10-2014). Keynote, Invited by Innerwheel, Aalst (Belgium).
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (6-10-2014). Keynote. MO*talks., Invited by MO, Brussels.
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (27-9-2014). Keynote., Invited by Hoger Instituut voor Opvoedkundige Wetenschappen., Mechelen (Belgium).
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (29-3-2014). Research presentation, Invited by Turkish Consulate, Antwerp.
    • Agirdag, O. (invited speaker) (15-1-2014). Keynote., Invited by Eurasia SV, The Hague.

    Others

    • Agirdag, O. (participant) (13-12-2018). Epos, Brussels, Belgium. Panelist (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Agirdag, O. (participant) (5-5-2018). Beltina. Panelist (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
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