Prof. Elly de Bruijn (born in 1960) studied educational psychology and education at the University of Amsterdam. In the 1980s, she worked for several years as a community education worker within the then educational priority areas in Zaanstad and Delft. During the same period, she was also employed at the Centre for Educational Research Foundation (SCO) at the University of Amsterdam, where she was a researcher / supervisor for the EC project ‘Employment Orientation for young people’.
Between 1989 and 2001 she worked at the SCO as a researcher, project manager and account manager in the field of the educational design of vocational education, the effectiveness and efficiency of vocational education and the relationship between education and employment.
Between 1995 and 2001, she also worked as assistant professor of Education at the Department of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. In 1997 she obtained her PhD with a thesis entitled ‘The experimental and mainstream’. This was a study of the relationship between the educational design and the efficiency of abbreviated medium-level vocational education.
From 2001 to 2008, Elly de Bruijn worked at CINOP, a consultancy firm specializing in lifelong learning, vocational education and training, adult education and employability. There she carried out research in the field of vocational education, including policy-led and supporting research and consultancy work. As part of the CINOP Expertise Centre’s role in the vocational education and training sector, between 2002 and 2004 she oversaw the development of a practical theory for Competency-Oriented Learning and Training, and from 2003 to 2008 she was project leader for the evaluation programme of the Innovation Package ‘Beroepskolom’.
Since 2005, De Bruijn has been professor in the field of ‘pedagogical-didactic design of vocational education, adult education and lifelong learning’ at Utrecht University. Since February 2007 she has been professor in vocational education at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. She has combined these two positions since 1 January 2008.