Monique Verhoeven works as a PhD Candidate at the 'Research Institute of Child Development and Education'. Before she started her PhD project, she attained a BA degree in sociology and finished a research master in social science. During her studies, Monique specialised in active citizenship on the one hand, and in educational inequalities, processes of meritocracy and identification processes on the other. This becomes evident in her research participation in the project 'Can't we leave that to the volunteers?', her BA and MA theses which regarded respectively identitfication processes based on education level and persistent inequalities in educational expectations caused by background-related beliefs and preferences.
For her PhD project, Monique performs both a review study on the different ways in which education, through curriculum and teaching strategies, could positively affect the identity formation of high school pupils, and a mixed methods study on the effect of school characteristics and form group processes on the development of high school pupils' learner's identity (the extent to which these students both consider themselves a learner and enjoy learning). Monique's supervisors are prof. dr. M.L.L. Volman, dr. A.M.G. Poorthuis and dr. B.J.H. Zijlstra.