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Dieuwerke (Dee) Rutgers


Research Associate

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  • PhD (University of Cambridge)
  • MPhil Research in Second Language Education (University of Cambridge)
  • MA Renaissance and Romantic Literature (University of Liverpool)
  • MA English Language and Culture (University of Groningen, Netherlands)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • College Research Associate, Homerton College
  • Conexiones: Plataforma de Ciencias del aprendizaje, Ecuador (member)

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Dee works as a postdoctoral research associate on Strand 4 (education strand) of the AHRC-funded project entitled Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS), which focuses on the influence of multilingual identities on language learning. She joined the Strand 4 team, led by Dr Linda Fisher, in October 2017. She is currently also involved in ongoing research on Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in multilingual primary and secondary education settings in the Netherlands.

Before taking up her post as a research associate, Dee spent a year (2016-17) as a Visiting Research Scholar at the College of Education, University of Florida, supervising MA students on projects on identity and academic language development in Two-Way Immersion education. From 2014 to 2016, Dee worked as a lecturer-researcher in Ecuador (South America), where her research focused on bilingual intercultural education for indigenous populations, and where she taught courses on bilingual education, research methodology and critical reading in English (for Spanish-speaking postgraduate students). She completed an ESRC-funded PhD in Education at the University of Cambridge in 2014, with a qualitative study exploring the impact of Dutch-English bilingual secondary education on students’ metalinguistic skill use in the learning of German as a third language.

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Research Topics

Current Research Project(s)

  • Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS)
  • Principle Investigator The Knowledge Base of CLIL Teaching in Multilingual Primary Education Settings (British Council ELT Research Award 2018)

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Principal and Recent Publications

Rutgers, D. and Evans, M. (2017). Bilingual education and L3 learning: Metalinguistic advantage or not? International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 20 (7), 788-806. doi: 10.1080/13670050.2015.1103698.

Dieuwerke (Dee) Rutgers

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