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Gert Rijlaarsdam holds a position as full professor at the Graduate School of Child Development and Education (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands), and from 2013 until 2018 at Antwerp University (Belgium, 50%), and from 2015 until 2018 at Umea University, Sweden (10%). He had an additional position as professor in Language Education at Utrecht University, a position installed by the Dutch Association of Teachers of Living Languages (Dutch: Vereniging voor Leraren in Levende Talen; from 1999-2004). In 2018-2020 he was chairperson of the association of Levende Talen Nederlands, the Dutch association of teachers of Dutch language and literature. From 2018 until now he is the chairsperson of the Working Group on Research and Instruction of this LTN association.

He started as a teacher of Dutch Language and Literature at a school for secondary education, where he taught for 17 years. Meanwhile he studied Dutch Language and Literature (MA; specialism: sociolinguistics), Educational Studies (MA, specialism educational psychology and curriculum) both at Leiden University, and wrote his PhD study on an empirical study about the effects of peer feedback on writing (University of Amsterdam,1986). From 1975 he combined his teacher job and study with a position(10-20) at CITO, the Dutch national testing service, where he designed listening tests and designed and tested functional writing test (national exams in lower secondary education), in 1982. From 1981 he combined his job as teacher with a part-time job at the educational research institute at the University of Amsterdam (called RITP, later SCO). There he got his on the job training as researcher from Hildo Wesdorp (1935-1987), together with Henk Blok, Kees de Glopper, and Huub van den Bergh.

In 1988 he was appointed as associate professor (Dutch: UHD) at the then newly established Graduate School of Teaching and Learning (GSTL) at the University of Amsterdam, with the special task to create  -- with two colleagues Geert ten Dam and Fred Korthagen --  an integrative post-graduate university institute for teacher education, in-service training and research. He was involved in teaching, research, and curriculum development. He managed for many years the Development & Services portfolio. From 2006 until 2008 he was responsible for the teacher training curriculum at the GSTL. In 2008-2009 he was programme manager for the EARLI 2009 conference. Since January 2010 he was is back in his role as manager of the division on Curriculum Development and Services, until Autumn 2013, when he accepted a half time professorship at Antwerp University (Belgium), to teach and research in the Master Multilingual Professional Communication. From January 2014 until February 2018 he was appointed (10%) as visiting professor at Umea University (Sweden).

Scientific services


L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature. Peer refereed journal since 2000). Founder (2000). Co-editor in chief (2000-2015). Publisher for ARLE since 2015
Studies in Writing, Since 1996, a refereed book series published by Amsterdam University Press (volumes 1-6) and Kluwer Academic Press (volumes 7-16) and Elsevier (later Emerald) (volumes 17-28), now Brill (up to volume 33). Founder 1994. Series editor until 2014. Member editorial board since 2014
Journal of Research in Writing (2007- ...). Peer Reviewed research journal. Co-editor in chief; Founder Editor with Luuk van Waes & Denis Alamargot
Co-Editor Learning & Instruction (2013- ...)
Studies in Language & Literature. International Perspectives on Mother Tongue Education. Published by Amsterdam University Press (volume 1, 2). Series editor.

Levende Talen Magazine, 1999-2001. Editor and restyling

Consulting Editor Journal of Educational Psychology (2014 -...)
Coordinator International Association for the Improvement of Mother Tongue Education (IAIMTE). Chair 1995-...2013; now ARLE, role: ex officio
Special Interest Group Writing European Association on Research of Learning and Instruction (EARLI): 1993-1997.
Programma manager EARLI 2009 Conference 2007-2009 Amsterdam
Programma manager SIG Writing conference 2014 Amsterdam; 1994 Utrecht

Editorial board

Spanish Journal of Psychology 1999-...
Learning and Instruction 2002-2007, then editor
Educational Research Review 2005- ...
Written Communication 2011- ...
Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing 2006-...
Culture & Education, 2012-....


British Journal of Educational Psychology
Educational Psychology Review
European Journal of Psychology of Education
Instructional Sciences
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Journal of Argumentation in Context
Language and Education
Language Learning
Learning & Instruction
Pedagogische Studiën
Research in the Teaching of English
Second Language Writing

Gert at EARLI 2009