Henk Roelfsema | Researcher | Youth

Henk Roelfsema


Henk Roelfsema (1964) has been working as a researcher in the Research group Youth since October 2017. He focuses on the collaboration between educators and youth welfare services, participatory research and the transition in the youth welfare sector. As of August 2018, he is working together with lecturers from the university for teacher education (pabo) on research conducted in the Research group Participation and Urban Development. This study seeks to determine how the pabo’s physical education curriculum can be improved to encourage children to engage in more physical activities inside and outside the school/classroom.

Roelfsema has a degree in Special Education and Child-rearing and is a certified primary school teacher. From 1993 to 1998, he worked as a teacher in special education. In the final two years of this period, he participated in an experimental collaborative project between the education and care sectors. In 1998, he started working as a Special Education expert and case manager at the foundation ‘Gewoon Anders’ (‘Simply Different’), an experimental initiative in Almere that can be seen as a precursor in the development of suitable and inclusive education.

In 2005, Henk became an hbo lecturer for the master’s and bachelor’s degree programmes in Educational Studies & Educational Theory, as well as developing the curriculum in the fields of care and systematic action for the Domstad University for Teacher Education (pabo) and the Theo Thijssen Institute. In addition, he has worked for the Teacher-Training Institute for Special Education and the Archimedes Institute. From April 2014 to July 2018, Henk worked as a researcher and school supervisor within the Research group Literacy. In August 2018, Henk was appointed hbo lecturer at the Institute for Ecological Educational Theory.

Fields of expertise

  • Physical education
  • Special and general educational theory
  • Inclusive education

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