‘Guiding students to the logical implications of their arguments helps them to refine their ideas and learn what sorts of evidence they need to gather in order to test these.’
‘I have been privileged to be surrounded by bright and daring students at the UvA, who are keen to learn how to do research.’
‘Teaching is rewarding and important because it helps students understand how inspiring and intellectually challenging doing research actually is.’
‘I want my students to become critical citizens and serious academics.’
‘What I am most passionate about is teaching, or really: helping people to learn.’
‘I’m always very proud at the end of the course when students have produced an original paper based on their own creative thinking.’
‘My ultimate goal is to educate the whole person as a free, resolute and capable individual in every circumstance and place – a global citizen.’
‘One of the key messages which I hope that students take away from my course is that the Dutch political system is not an island of stability in an otherwise turbulent world.’
I believe that students’ motivation crucially depends on the conviction that they are working on issues which are relevant to society.’
‘By giving students a choice in their examination, they become aware of what they are actually learning and are in control of their own learning process.’
‘History is alive and kicking: it informs political judgements and is used and abused to further current political agendas.’
‘It’s incredibly pleasing to see that our graduate students have developed into keen and critical analysts.’
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