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“Teaching people to become the best teacher they can be is my specialty. Educational research is my source. People are my drive.”

Research profile

Lesley de Putter is an Assistant Professor, manager of education and student affairs for ESOE, and teacher educator. Her research interests are STEM education, teacher education and continuing teacher professional development. A particular focus of her research is on engaging, context-based science learning environments. Science education in secondary level is evolving towards student-centered learning, learning through scientific inquiry, blended or flipped classrooms and mobile learning. This trend is nurtured by and grounds for educational research.

Academic background

Lesley de Putter obtained her MSc degree in Chemistry from Utrecht University in 2000, followed by a PDEng degree in Process and Product Design from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2003. In 2003, De Putter became a physics teacher at Heerbeeck College, a high school in the Eindhoven area, a position she held until 2012. In 2007, she started her PhD research at Eindhoven School of Education (ESoE), which she completed in 2011. In 2012, De Putter became a physics teacher educator at ESoE and in 2014 she was appointed Assistant Professor. In September 2019 she took up the position of manager ESA for ESOE.

Affiliated with

• KTP STEM center University of Technology Sydney
• Dudocnetwerk

Education/Academic qualification

Organic chemistry, Master, Utrecht University

1 Sep 199531 Jan 2000

External positions

Physics Teacher, Heerbeeck College

1 Sep 200331 Jul 2012

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Research Output 2008 2020

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Differential equations
Differentiation (calculus)

Natuurkunde en scheikunde practica in het nieuwe curriculum: leren onderzoeken of niet?

de Putter - Smits, L. G. A. & Sanders, W. T. M., 2017, ORD 2017 - Onderwijs Research Dagen, 28-30 June 2017, Antwerp, Belgium : Onderzoek met impact. 3 p. (ORD).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Measuring context-based learning environments in Dutch science classrooms

Putter - Smits, de, L. G. A., Taconis, R. & Jochems, W. M. G., 6 Oct 2016, Teachers creating context-based learning environments in science. Taconis, R., Brok, den, P. J. & Pilot, A. (eds.). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, p. 103-124 21 p. (Advances in Learning Environments Research; vol. 9).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)
90 Downloads (Pure)

Mapping context-based learning environments : the construction of an instrument

Putter - Smits, de, L. G. A., Taconis, R. & Jochems, W. M. G., 2013, In : Learning Environments Research. 16, 3, p. 437-462

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Mental Competency
learning environment


3e Prijs "Beste artikel VELON tijdschrift"

Gonny L.M. Schellings (Recipient) & Lesley G.A. de Putter-Smits (Recipient), 20 Mar 2019

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 2008 2019

  • 8 Conference
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition
  • 1 Contributed talk

Rekening houden met verschillen bij natuurkunde

Lesley G.A. de Putter-Smits (Speaker)
13 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Kwantummechanica onderwijzen met digitale materialen

Tim Bouchée (Speaker), Lesley de Putter - Smits (Speaker)
Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkProfessional

2017 Onderwijs Research Dagen (ORD 2017), 28-30 2017, Antwerpen, Belgie

Lesley de Putter - Smits (Contributor)
28 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

WND conferentie

Lesley de Putter - Smits (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

WND Conferentie

Lesley de Putter - Smits (Invited speaker)
11 Dec 201512 Dec 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


Diepteverwerking (GS)

1/09/19 → …


International Research Project

1/09/15 → …


Student theses

CoCo-gehalte van het hedendaagse bètaonderwijs

Author: Voorbraak, J., 2011

Supervisor: de Putter - Smits, L. (Supervisor 1), Taconis, R. (Supervisor 2) & den Brok, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Contextrijk onderwijs bij Achterhoek VO

Author: Kloek, J., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: de Putter - Smits, L. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Didactische redeneringen van docenten die ten grondslag liggen aan het gebruik van ICT-toepassingen in de les

Author: Adams, M. & Groenen, B., 2016

Supervisor: de Putter - Smits, L. (Supervisor 1) & van den Beemt, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master