Social Sciences and Psychology

Papiamentu should be a structural part of reading instruction on ABC islands

Pedagogy - Jun 7

On the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curašao, children until recently only learned to read in a language foreign to them: Dutch. It was not until 2001 that their native language, Papiamentu, was also introduced as a language of instruction in primary schools. Sociologist and educational expert Melissa van der Elst-Koeiman studied the bilingual reading development of children in the senior years of primary school on the islands.

Inclusive integration policy can reduce perception of diversity as a threat

Increasing ethnic and racial diversity in Western societies often accompanies feelings of threat among the ethnic majorities of a country. New research from Tilburg University shows that an inclusive integration policy can reduce the perception of diversity as a threat. The research suggests that policies that give immigrants more equal rights are particularly effective in promoting social cohesion and reducing tensions in Western societies.

Psychology - Apr 22

Observing nature makes you happier


Various studies have been conducted in recent years exploring how paying attention to nature can affect our well-being.

Psychology - May 2

More years of education may protect from psychiatric problems


New research from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) suggests that individuals with higher levels of education have a lower risk of psychiatric problems.

Psychology - Jun 4

Arjan Videler appointed to endowed chair ’Psychotherapy for Elderly’

Tilburg University has appointed Arjan Videler to a new endowed chair "Psychotherapy for the elderly" for a five-year term starting July 1, 2024. This chair is funded by GGz Breburg and is embedded within Tranzo, the scientific center for care and well-being at Tilburg University. The new chair will focus on increasing and improving knowledge about effective psychotherapeutic treatment methods for the elderly.

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