Executive functions

Dr Mariëtte Huizinga

The research being carried out under the theme of Executive functions focuses on the development of “targeted behaviour” among young people (the lower forms in secondary schools), and how this corresponds to academic performance. Some perform well while others make no progress whatsoever, and even appear to be at risk of dropping out. What causes this difference?
Research questions:

  • How is it that some children complete their school careers successfully, seemingly without effort, while others have to repeat a year or may even drop out?
  • Why is it that some children can easily combine homework with a social life, while others absolutely cannot?
  • What factors determine how a child deals with the temptations of the internet and social media?
Project website: www.slimnaarschool.nl (in Dutch)