Erik De Corte

Eric De Corte, Emeritus Professor
Erik De Corte
Emeritus Professor

Bio and Research Interest

Contributing to the development of theories of learning from instruction with a focus on the following topics: learning and teaching of problem-solving and learning skills; metacognitive, affective/emotional and epistemological aspects of learning; design and evaluation of powerful learning environments; mathematics learning and teaching


Theoretical and empirical study on the determination, formulation, classification and evaluation of the cognitive objectives of mathematics education at the primary school (March 1970)


Mevarech, Z,R., Verschaffel, L., & De Corte, E. (2018). Metacognitive pedagogies in mathematics classrooms. From kindergarten to college and beyond. In D.H. Schunk & J.A. Greene (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation of learning and performance (2nd edition). (pp. 109 – 123). New York/London: Routledge.

De Corte E., Engwall, L., & Teichler, U. (2016). From Books to MOOCs? Emerging models of learning and teaching in higher education. London: Portland Press. 

Depaepe, F., De Corte, E., & Verschaffel, L. (2016). Mathematical epistemological beliefs. In J.A. Greene, W.A. Sandoval & I. Braten (Eds.), Handbook of epistemic cognition (pp. 147-164). New York/London: Routledge.

De Corte, E. (2015). Mathematics-related beliefs of Ecuadorian students of grades 8–10. International Journal of Educational Research, 72, 1-13.

De Corte, E. Mason, L., Depaepe, F., & Verschaffel, L. (2011). Self-regulation of mathematical knowledge and skills. In B.J. Zimmerman & D.H. Schunk (Eds.), Handbook of self-regulation of learning and performance (pp. 155-172).New York: Routledge.

De Corte, E. (2010). Historical developments in the understanding of learning. In H. Dumont, D.Istance, & F. Benavides (Eds.), The nature of learning. Using research to inspire practice (pp. 35-67). Paris: OECD Publishing.

De Corte, E., Verschaffel, L., & Masui, C. (2004). The CLIA-model: A framework for designing powerful learning environments for thinking and problem solving. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 19, 365-384.

De Corte, E., Greer, B., & Verschaffel, L. (1996). Mathematics teaching and learning. In D.C. Berliner & R. Calfee (Eds.), The handbook of educational psychology (pp.491-549). New York: Macmillan.

De Corte, E., & Weinert, F. E. (Eds.). (1996). International encyclopedia of developmental and instructional psychology. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Science.

Contact Information

University of Leuven
Center for Instructional Psychology
and Technology (CIP&T)
Dekenstraat 2  Box 3773
B-3000 Leuven
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