prof. dr. M.F. (Marieke) van der Schaaf

prof. dr. M.F. (Marieke) van der Schaaf

Full Professor
prof. dr. M.F. (Marieke) van der Schaaf
  • Utrecht Center for Research and Development of Health Professions Education



Marieke van der Schaaf, PhD, is full professor of Research and Development of Health Professions Education at University Medical Center Utrecht and a researcher at the department of Education at Utrecht University. She is director of the Utrecht Center for Research and Development of Education at the Education Center at University Medical Center Utrecht and the former director of the master programme Educational Sciences (2012-2017).

After her study Educational Sciences (1993-1997, cum laude), she was appointed as a researcher, lecturer and course coordinator at the Department of Education, Utrecht University. Her PhD-study concerned the construct validity of teacher portfolio assessment (2000-2005, cum laude, awarded). Besides she led several research projects on educational innovations and performance assessments in secondary education, vocational education, higher education and medical education.

She has been a teacher and coordinator in several courses in undergraduate school, academic master and research master of educational sciences at Utrecht University since 2000, where she also chairs the board of examinations. In particular, she is responsible for courses on topics of assessment and evaluation.

Marieke earned several research grants for projects about performance assessment, feedback, teacher expertise development and digital assessment in medical education. She has been a supervisor of several PhD-students in these themes.
She publishes and presents her work in international journals and at international conferences and frequently serves as a reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals, conferences and grants.

Her research focuses on the development of professionals of the future that are flexible and adaptive to new situations. Constructive feedback is crucial in work- and learningenvironments for this aim, which is one of the topics of her research.



1993-1994 ‘Gammapropaedeuse’ Faculty of Social Sciences Utrecht University, with honors

1994-1997 Master Educational Sciences Utrecht University, with honors

2000-2005 Dissertation Educational Sciences Utrecht University, with honors. Title: Construct validation of teacher portfolio assessment. Procedures for improvingteacher competence assessment illustrated by teaching students research skills.Promotores: prof. dr. K. Stokking and prof. dr. N. Verloop.                           

Work experience

1994-1997 Research assistant Process Management Secondary Education, The Hague

1995-1996 Research assistant ‘Onderwijsinspectie’, The Meern

1995-1997 Research assistant of several educational research projects, Utrecht University

1998-2002 Junior Researcher, The Langeveld Institute for Research, Utrecht University working on the research project ‘Assessment of students’ research skills’ (NWO-PROO 1998-2000) and six ‘third stream’ research projects.

2003-2005 Junior Researcher and Lecturer, Educational Sciences, Utrecht University

2005 Basic University teaching qualification

2006 Assistant Professor, Educational Sciences, Utrecht University

2012 Senior University teaching qualification

2012 Associate Professor, Department of Education, Utrecht University

2012 Coordinator and director master program Educational Design and Consultancy

2016-2023 Lid Raad van toezicht van de Christelijk Voortgezet Onderwijs Groep Zuidoost-Utrecht

2018 Director Utrecht Center for Research and Development of Health Professions Education

Public CV Marieke van der Schaaf

Side Activities

External positions

  • Commissielid ZonMW programma Huisartsgeneeskunde en Ouderengeneeskunde
  • Commissie onderzoek van onderwijs
  • Commissielid  ZonMW Klankbordgroep Onderwijs Dwars
  • Commissielid ZonMW Preventieprogramma Kennisbenutting en Implementatie
  • Lid Wetenschapscommissie Nederlandse Vereniging voor Medisch Onderwijs
  • Corepanel Cluster assessment RM programmes (NVAO, De Onderzoekerij) (2021-2022)
  • Associate editor journal Advances in Health Sciences Education
  • Nationaal Regie Orgaan Onderwijsonderzoek. Programma Kennis voor onderwijs van de toekomst – Groot.

  • Co-director in Utrecht University Medical Center (UMCU) – University of California San Francisco (UCSF)  Doctoral Program in Health Professions Education.



  • AERA  American Educational Research Association
  • AMEE Association for Medical Education in Europe
  • EARLI European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction
  • ICO Interuniversity Centre for Educational Sciences
  • NVMO Nederlandse Vereniging voor Medisch Onderwijs
  • SDRME Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education


Research Output (187)

The role of reference frames in learners’ internal feedback generation with a learning analytics dashboard

de Vreugd Lars, Jansen Renée, van Leeuwen Anouschka, van der Schaaf Marieke Dec 2023, In: Studies in Educational Evaluation. 79 , p. 1-11

Perspective-Taking and Perspective-Sharing in Pediatric Education:Exploring Connections Between Strategies of Medical Students and Patients' Caregivers

Eijkelboom M C L, de Kleijn R A M, Baten L, Frenkel J, van der Schaaf M F 1 Oct 2023, In: Perspectives on medical education. 12 , p. 372-384 13 p.

A new view on rubrics:an eye tracking study of formative rubric feedback

Postmes Lieselotte, de Kleijn Renske, Catrysse Leen , Lesterhuis Marije, van der Schaaf Marieke 22 Aug 2023, p. 81-81 1 p.

Between theory and practice:educators’ perceptions on assessment quality criteria and its impact on student learning

Schellekens Lonneke H., Kremer Wim D.J., Van der Schaaf Marieke F., Van der Vleuten Cees P.M., Bok Harold G.J. Jun 2023, In: Frontiers in Education. 8

Een nieuwe kijk op rubrics:een eye-tracking studie naar het kijkgedrag van studenten

Postmes Lieselotte, Catrysse Leen , de Kleijn Renske, Lesterhuis Marije, van der Schaaf Marieke 5 May 2023, p. 439-441 3 p.

Feedback op de werkplek: De potentie van e-portfolio’s met learning analytics

van der Schaaf Marieke, Slof Bert Apr 2023, In: Tijdschrift voor Hoger Onderwijs. 41 , p. 20-34

Coping with Administrative Workload:a Pilot Study in the Usefulness of a Workshop for Psychiatric Trainees

Deschamps Peter, Seker Asilay, van der Schaaf Marieke, Piot Marie Aude Apr 2023, In: Academic Psychiatry. 47 , p. 510-514 5 p.

Supervisors’ untrained postgraduate rubric use for formative and summative purposes

Postmes Lieselotte, Bouwmeester Rianne, de Kleijn Renske, van der Schaaf Marieke Jan 2023, In: Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. 48 , p. 41-55 15 p.

Patients as Feedback Providers:Exploring Medical Students' Credibility Judgments

Eijkelboom M. C.L., de Kleijn R. A.M., van Diemen W. J.M., Maljaars C. D.N., van der Schaaf M. F., Frenkel J. 2023, In: Perspectives on medical education. 12 , p. 129-140 12 p.

Preparing Medical and Nursing Students for Interprofessional Feedback Dialogues

Tielemans Claudia, DE KLEIJN Renske, VAN DER VALK-BOUMAN Emy, VAN DEN BROEK Sjoukje, VAN DER SCHAAF Marieke 2023, In: Perspectives on medical education. 12 , p. 472-479 8 p.

All research output

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