Antwerp researcher wins science shops award
The €500 biennial science shops prize was awarded to Annick de Vylder for her work on reading learning and teaching. De Vylder (pictured) evaluated the impact of reading out loud as a teaching practice in a sixth-grade primary education setting: she demonstrated that this method is efficient and increases the pleasure of the reader.
The jury, led by former Dutch housing and environment minister Jacqueline Cramer, praised the thorough, clear execution of the research and pointed out that reading skills are not only important to individual child development but also relevant to society as a whole.
Science shops are small research entities that carry out scientific work on behalf of non-profit organisations. These organisations benefit from personalised academic input, while students and professors contribute to research that is in touch with society’s needs.
This prize is awarded every two years to crown the most relevant, successful and novel research projects produced by the science shops. In 2010, it evaluated 19 entries from eight shops based in Dutch and Flemish universities. The second and third prizes went to the Wageningen and Groningen science shops in the Netherlands.