Category Archives: The Netherlands

EVALUE: European Values in Education

In the Erasmus+ KA2 project European Values in Education (EVALUE), teaching materials for secondary schools are developed which are based on EVS data. The goal of these materials is values education: values clarification and values communication. Students will get a more clear idea how to position oneself within a diversity of opinions and learn which explanations there might be for own standpoints but also for the viewpoints of others.  

Discover more about this educational project, which will result in a update of the Atlas of European Values.

Values and CoronaVirus Crisis

What happened to human values during the outbreak of the Covid-19?

The Dutch team of EVS replicated EVS2017 questions to test stability or change of a well-selected set of opinions and values before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tim Reeksens, Quita Muis, Inge Sieben, Leen Vandecasteele, Ruud Luijkx, and Loek Halman rely on a unique longitudinal panel study whereby the Dutch fieldwork of the European Values Study 2017 web survey serves as a baseline; respondents were re-approached in May 2020.

The findings indicate that values remain largely stable. However, there is an increase in political support, confirming the so-called rally effect.

The results of this study has been published in the open access article “Stability or change of public opinion and values during the coronavirus crisis? Exploring Dutch longitudinal panel data” on European Societies.

Summer School “Europe’s Unity in Value Diversity”

At Tilburg University, a Summer School focusing on values diversity takes place from July 6-10, highlighting the role of the European Values Study in this. This one-week course will connect theory and basic empirical research strategies to use the EVS to address ongoing societal questions.

Each day of this one-week course, an important social trend will be covered. Theoretical models allow you to understand these social trends better, after which quantitative strategies are shown and validated in computer labs to study social change. 

  • For whom:
    Students (national and international) interested in the impact of challenges on individual values, attitudes, and behavior. Participants can come from any Bachelor’s or Master’s program.
  • Taught by: Dr. Tim Reeskens, Associate Professor of Sociology and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair on Identities and Cohesion in a Changing European Union, and Dr. Loek Halman, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the EVS Executive Committee. They will be joined by guest lecturers working on topics relevant to the program.
  • Start date:
    Monday 6 July 2020
  • Duration | ECTS:
    1 weeks | 2 ECTS
  • Language of instruction:
    English
  • School:
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB)
  • Course fee:
    Course fee: €500
    – 10% discount for current Tilburg University students*
    – 10% discount for students from partner universities*
    – 10% early bird discount*

*Combining discounts is not possible.

Information on schedule and application procedure are available on the Summer School webpage. Deadline for application is deadline: the 31st of May, 2020

EVS members in Tilburg achieve awards and grants for EVS

Tim Reeskens, Inge Sieben and Ruud Luijkx received prestigious awards and grants, all related to European Values Study

Tim Reeskens was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in Identities and Cohesion in a Changing European Union. The aim of this Chair is to integrate the most recent (2017) wave of the European Values Study (EVS) in core teaching activities, research outcomes, and interaction with policy practitioners and civil society agents, contributing to the teaching philosophy and more broader the mission of Tilburg University, namely ‘Understanding Society’.

Inge Sieben was awarded a KA2 Erasmus+ grant of more than €400k for the project ‘European Values in Education‘. Together with partners from Fontys University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands), KU Leuven (Belgium), EUROGEO (Belgium), Matei Bel University in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia) en Ege Universitesi Izmir (Turkey), she will develop new teaching materials for secondary schools in Europe based on data from the European Values Study. The website www.atlasofeuropeanvalues.eu will be updated with data from the latest wave, interactive charts and maps, and teaching materials.

Ruud Luijkx was successful as a partner in the awarded €4.9m Horizon 2020 grant under the ‘Infradev’ call ESS-SUSTAIN-2. Together with the European Social Survey and other data infrastructures, the European Values Study works to help ensure the long-term sustainability of these infrastructures, to reduce costs, improve methodology and increase the analytical power of the data collected.

Presentation of EVS results in the Netherlands

Results of the Dutch European Values Study were presented at the Annual Symposium of the Dutch journal ‘Religie en Samenleving‘ (Religion and Society) at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Inge Sieben talked about trends between 1981 and 2017, and Tim Reeskens about value polarization between educational groups.

In addition, there were workshops on the educational projects of EVS www.atlasofeuropeanvalues.eu (Gijs van Gaans, Fontys) and juniorkennisbank.nl (Inge Sieben).

In Zuck we trust?

Today it is Facebook’s 15th birthday. The social networking site, founded by Mark Zuckerberg as an online photo book for his classmates at Harvard University, has experienced a sharp growth, but was confronted with severe challenges last year (e.g. Cambridge Analytica scandal). To what extent did the controversy surrounding data leaks damage trust in social media? Sociologists Angelica Maineri (EVS central team) and Tim Reeskens (National Program director of EVS in the Netherlands), from Tilburg University (NL), published a piece on this issue in the Dutch blog Sociale Vraagstukken. The study combines data collected before the controversy on data breach started in the framework of the European Values Study 2017 in the Netherlands, with a survey proposed to the same respondents after the debate burst out.

The authors find that social media is the least trusted institution among the ones proposed to the respondents in the framework of the EVS 2017. It is also found that trust in political institutions spills over to trust in social media, in accordance with the “trust-nexus” hypothesis. Yet, only 15% of respondents display less trust in social media after the controversy, while 65% remain table and 20% even show an increment. So far, theoretical explanations failed to explain this change patterns. The data do show that respondents with little confidence in politics have increased confidence in social media. Perhaps it is true that people who oppose the government and mainstream media turn out to see more opportunities in social media to go against that government. Only additional research can unravel this complexity.

Nashiville-statement in the Netherlands

EVS data collected in The Netherlands have been used by the Dutch team in response to quite some controversy this week after Kees van der Staaij, the fraction leader of the Reformed Political Party (an orthodox Calvinistic political party), signed the Dutch translation of the so-called Nashville-statement.
This declaration is supposedly providing a contemporary Christian stance towards ethical issues like homosexuality, transgenderism and gender roles. The Dutch team checked how progressive the electorates of the various parties are with respect to homosexuality by using the information collected in EVs2017 through the question whether people think homosexuality should never to always be justified. The team found that the Dutch who are most appealed by this Reformed Political Party are quite anti-lgbt, with a scale score close to the scale minimum. What’s more is that the youngest people attracted to this party are more negative towards homosexuality than elderly voters. Tim Reeskens (National Program director of EVS in the Netherlands) published a piece on this issue in the blog Social Vraagstukken. His interpretation of this controversy is, then, that marketing-wise, it serves the party quite well: as the only political party taking strong stance anti-lgbt, the party might attract some voters with similar homophobe opinions.  is, then, that marketing-wise, it serves the party quite well: as the only political party taking strong stance anti-lgbt, the party might attract some voters with similar homophobe opinions.

First presentation of the Dutch EVS 2017

On October 30th Tim Reeskens and the Dutch team presented at Tilburg University the upcoming release of the Dutch EVS 2017. They gave some insights on their project concerning the educational cleavages in social attitudes as well.

The same presentation was also held on November 7th by Tim Reeskens at NIDI (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute).

Here you will find the link to the slides: https://www.slideshare.net/reeskens/european-values-study-netherlands-past-present-and-futures/

A Growing Educational Divide? Evidence from the Netherlands from 5 EVS Waves

The EVS team from the Netherlands participated in the EVS panel “The European Values Study: a project that bridges past and future. 40 years of values research and methodological innovations” at the 71° WAPOR Conference in Marrakech (27-30 June 2018) with the paper “A Growing Educational Divide? Evidence from the Netherlands from 5 EVS Waves” from Tim Reeskens, Inge Sieben, Loek Halman (all Tilburg University).