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G.M. Savenije MA (Geerte)


Biographical Note

Geerte Savenije (1984) has studied History at the Radboud University in Nijmegen and French modern history at the University Francois-Rabelais in Tours, France. At the Radboud University Nijmegen she has participated in the Honours Programme. This extracurricular programme is designed for a select group of students who are interested in looking beyond the boundaries of their own discipline. She has completed her studies in 2008 with a Master's thesis on ideas of community and cohesion in the interwar period in the Netherlands within the International School for Philosophy (ISVW). In 2009 she completed an additional Master in History Didactics at the Graduate School of Teaching and Learning/ILS-RU, Radboud University Nijmegen, with a thesis on methods to improve students’ answers on evaluative, historical questions.

August 2009 she has started an interdisciplinary PhD project on heritage education and Dutch students' entrance narratives and processes of negotiating and generating meaning: Heritage under negotiation: students' entrance narratives and their ideas on significance. This project is part of the research programme Heritage Education, Plurality of Narratives and Shared Historical Knowledge (NWO), financed by Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research / NWO. Supervisors are prof. dr. C.A.M. van Boxtel and prof. dr. M.C.R. Grever.


Main research interests are history and heritage education, historical culture,  student identities and students' entrance narratives.