Rob Gertsen (1955) MA has been working as a researcher in the Research group Normative Professionalization since 2012. He is currently doing PhD research at Utrecht University under the project title ‘Grip krijgen op moreel auteurschap van beginnende leraren in het primair onderwijs’ (‘Gaining a handle on moral authorship of teachers starting out in primary education’).
Gertsen has been associated with HU University of Applied Sciences’ Theo Thijssen Institute – which he helped build – since 1999. In 2008 he was conferred a PhD in Educational Studies by Utrecht University for research into the use of narratives as a reflection tool for teachers. To support the development and design of new professionalisation activities, Rob developed the model Duurzaam Succesvol Werkgedrag (‘Sustainably Successful Professional Behaviour’).
"His work as an educator over the past 42 years is marked by three key themes: getting to know one another, education design and the arrangement of learning occasions for students and teachers."
Rob has been teaching in primary education since 1976. Since 1991, he has served as director of a succession of primary schools. From 1994 to 1996, he worked as Calculation/Mathematics lecturer at the HU’s university for teacher education (pabo).
Rob participated in the registration programme set up by the professional association for teacher-trainers VELON (Vereniging Lerarenopleiders Nederland) and served for a number of years as peer evaluator of fellow teacher-trainers within the foundation Stichting Registratie Lerarenopleiders.
Fields of expertise
- Normative Professionalization
- Design of professionalisation programmes
- Professionalisation of teachers