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Elise Swart

PhD candidate

E.K. Swart MSc
+31 71 527 6342

Elise Swart finished the bachelor program ‘Learning Problems and Impairments’ (2009-2012) and the research master program ‘Developmental Psychopathology in Education and Child Studies’ (2012-2013) at Leiden University. She specialized in learning problems and impairments and finished with a master thesis, titled “Technology-enhanced stories as word learning support for children at risk: A meta-analysis”, investigating the effects of technology and storybooks on vocabulary development. Since January 2014 Elise is working as a PhD candidate at the programme group Learning and Behaviour Problems in Education: Challenges and Solutions and conducts research on attention, feedback, reading motivation and reading comprehension under supervision of dr. T. M. Sikkema-de Jong and prof. dr. E. A. Espin.

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Elise’s research focuses on the genetic and neurobiological factors that could influence reading motivation and performance.  Additionally, she investigates the effects of multimedia features, interactivity and feedback on reading motivation and performance in both young and older children.


Prof. dr. E.A. Espin
Dr. T.M. Sikkema-de Jong


2014      Emile Thesis Award 2013-2014 (Leiden University)
2014      NVO Thesis Award (Nederlandse Vereniging van Orthopedagogen en onderwijskundigen)
2014      Thesis Award of the Faculty of Social Sciences (Leiden University)

Curriculum Vitae Elise Swart (PDF, jan. 2017)

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PhD candidate

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen
  • Leer/Gedragsproblemen in het onderwijs

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 4A29



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