Dieuwerke (Dee) Rutgers

Research Associate
Faculty of Education
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Dee 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. Since then, she has worked as a lecturer-researcher (2014-2016) 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 has also 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.

Dee now 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 is also Principle Investigator on a project on the knowledge base of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) teaching in multilingual primary education settings, funded by the British Council.

Research Interests: 
  • Bi/multilingualism
  • Multilingual identity
  • Third language learning
  • Bilingual/multilingual education
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
Teaching And Professional Interests: 
  • Implications of bi/multilingualism for (language) pedagogy
  • Research methodology
  • Critical reading and thinking
  • 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)

July 2018       

British Council English Language Teaching Research Award (ELTRA) 2018.

July 2017       

NRO (Netherlands Initiative for Education Research) Kortlopend Onderwijsonderzoek – fase 1 [Short-term Education Research – phase 1];  co-authored successful bid with Prof. Rick de Graaff (Utrecht University of Applied Sciences).


ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council, UK) 1+3 Full Scholarship; fees + maintenance for MPhil and PhD studies (4 years).


Multilingualism and metalinguistic development in context: A comparative analysis of metalinguistic mediation in the learning of German as a foreign language by pupils following a Dutch-English bilingual education programme and pupils following a regular programme in the Netherlands.


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.