Anouk Zuurmond has a background in Dutch literature and Philosophy. She is a teacher educator at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (HU). Furthermore, she brings philosophical expertise to the research group Normative Professionalization. She has published on Hannah Arendt’s philosophy in light of recent educational discussions and teaches on critical thinking and philosophy of education.
In 2014, she started her PhD research project titled Transnational Literary Projects and the European Identity. Based on case-studies, she researched how literature can be a valuable contribution to reflections on European identity. She published on a European dimension in teaching literature and developed teaching materials for an internationalization project on short stories. She is involved in an international minor, in which she developed the course Teacher in Europe. Anouk received her PhD on 16 January 2019 from the University of Amsterdam on the thesis entitled: “Shared stories and creative dissonances.”
As of September 2018 she has been involved as a lecturer-researcher in the Working Area entitled ‘Democratisation of Critical thinking’. In this project, which is funded by NRO, researchers, teacher trainers, secondary vocational education teachers (MBO-teachers) and students work jointly on the development and implementation of citizenship education in secondary vocational education (MBO). The project aims to interlink critical thinking and Bildung with vocational preparation.