Marc Depaepe

Eric A. Hanushek
Marc Depaepe
Professor of History of Education and History of Psychology
University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Campus Kulak, Kortrijk

Research Interest

Researcher at the University of Leuven (1977), Lecturer (1984), Assistant Professor (1990), Professor (1993) and Extra-ordinary and Ordinary Professor 1996/2000). Served previously as Head of the department of Educational Sciences at Leuven (2001-2004), Head of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Kortrijk (2004-2009), and Coordinator of the Human Sciences at Kortrijk (2007-2009). Lectures at the campus Kortrijk: history of education and history of behavioral sciences, and at the main campus in Leuven: history of modern educational systems. His main research interests are: 1. History of educational and behavioral sciences, especially pedology, experimental pedagogy, and educational psychology; 2. History of education at large in Belgium (especially primary education); 3. International historiography of education (including theoretical, methodological and conceptual issues); 4. History of colonial and postcolonial education (especially Congo).

Recent Positions and honors

2013-2017 Deputy chancellor (vice-rector) at the KU Leuven, with full responsibility for the campuses at Kortrijk (Kulak), Bruges and OstendSince. 2005 co-editor-in-chief of Paedagogica Historica. International Journal of the History of Education; Served as secretary (1989-1991) and chair (1991-1994) of ISCHE. International Standing Conference for the History of Education, as chair of the BNVGOO (Belgian-Dutch Society for the History of Education) (1998-2002) and as vice-chair of the Internationale Gesellschaft für historische und systematische Schulbuchforschung in Germany (1997-2008). Was awarded in 2015 the degree of doctor honoris causa at the University of Latvia in Riga.


Leuven, 1982 and 1989


Published and co-published more than 500 items in 17 different languages. Most important books are: On the Relationship of Theory and History in Pedagogy (Leuven, 1983); Zum Wohl des Kindes? Pädologie, pädagogische Psychology und experimentelle Pädagogik in Europa und den USA, 1890-1940 (Weinheim, 1993);Order in Progress. Everyday educational practice in primary schools: Belgium, 1880-1970 (Leuven, 2000); Vieja y nueva historia de la educación (Barcelona, 2006); Between educationalization and appropriation (Leuven, 2012).

Contact Information

campusrectoraat Kulak,
Etienne Sabbelaan, 53, B-8500 Kortrijk
tel. +32 56 24 61 31
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