René Butter

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Function: Researcher
Research Group: Methodology of Practice-based Research


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Dr René Butter (born in 1961) has been a senior lecturer with the Methodology of Applied Research research group since September 2013. He helps to direct the activities of the research group and carries out research into the methodology of applied research and how it is taught.

  • 1 September 2013 - present day: Senior Lecturer at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Methodology of Applied Research research group
  • September 2008 - 1 January 2014: Assistant Professor of Employment and Organizational Psychology and Methodology of Research at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  • September 2006 - August 2013: Senior Researcher / Methodologist / Lecturer for various degree programmes and research groups at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  • January 1995 - present day: Methodologist, Applied Researcher, Assessment Consultant and Assessment Instrument Developer in various fields that are closely related to all the faculties of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  • December 1994: Was awarded his doctorate by the Catholic University of Leuven with a methodological / psychometric thesis titled 'Item Response Models with Internal Restrictions on Item Difficulty'. Supervisors: Prof. Paul De Boeck (Catholic University of Leuven) and Prof. N. D. Verhelst (Cito).

This video shows an interview with René Butter that was conducted for a project by professors Rob Gründemann and Ben Fruytier of HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht about the transfer of personnel between research universities and universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. Based on the concepts of relevance (practical relevance) and rigour (methodological rigour), which are important for the methodology of applied research, René Butter considers the relationship between research in the applied sciences and university research.

Methodology of Practice-Based Research

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