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Selma van Aken

PhD candidate

S. van Aken MSc
+31 71 527 2727

Selma van Aken works as a PhD candidate at the Institute of Education and Child Studies, Leiden University

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Short CV

Selma van Aken combines her work as a primary school teacher teaching ‘groep 6’ (= grade 4) with her PhD research at the Education department. Her project focuses on appraisals and emotions that play a role during teaching for preservice teachers.


Selma’s PhD project focuses on interactions between preservice teachers and their students, and approaches this subject from various perspectives. Methods such as video observations, in-depth interviews and heart rate measurements are used to identify interactions in the classroom that cause stress.

Selma: “Supplemented with video stimulated recall interviews, we create an image of the appraisals, emotions and internal standards that play a role in specific classroom moments. We want to know which appraisals are helpful in dealing with stressful situations. We can use this information to guide preservice students in teacher education to deal with challenging interactions in the classroom.”


Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

PhD candidate

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Pedagogische Wetenschappen
  • Onderwijswetenschappen

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 4.B15


  • RKBS Drie Koningen Teacher
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