Children are our future

Children are our future

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam

Researchers at the Department of Child Development and Education have been systematically working on behalf of our youngest generation for over 10 years now. Their work involves making information about child rearing, education and developmental psychological as widely accessible and usable as possible, targeting children, parents, teachers, educationalists, therapists, and policymakers.

They give public lectures for parents and children, write books for the general public and popular science articles, organise workshops for the various target groups, and give interviews for newspapers, radio, TV, and podcasts. These communication activities are not limited to the Netherlands; the researchers are also active in international media (for example the BBC, CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian) and contribute to international policy such as that of the World Health Organisation (WHO). They are currently also expanding their science communication activities to include citizen science projects with young people, for example jointly developing a training course on how to deal with difficult behaviour, and working with young people to counter malpractice in the healthcare sector.

The grant from the Rewarded! Fund will go to supporting their current activities. In partnership with NEMO Science Live, they intend taking their research to primary schools in varied neighbourhoods with “NEMO on Wheels”. To inspire children to think along about scientific issues, they are collaborating with New Scientist on science games for use at primary schools free of charge.

SWV de Eem – Inspiratieavond Eddie Brummelman
The – Self esteem narcissism
Narcisme & morele beslissingen van kinderen – Onderwijs I by Radio Swammerdam (
Boek – Gelijke kansen in de stad

Eddie Brummelman, universitair docent

Other group members:
Erna van Hest, onderwijsdirecteur
Patty Leijten, universitair docent
Bram Orobio de Castro, hoogleraar
Geertjan Overbeek, hoogleraar
Claudia van der Put, universitair docent

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