Esther Gheyssens

Esther Gheyssens

Guest Professor
Department of Educational Studies at Ghent University


Esther Gheyssens completed her PhD in 2020 with the title: “Adopting Differentiated Instruction to create inclusive classrooms”. She currently works as an educational consultant at Schoolmakers and as a guest professor at the Educational Master of Ghent University.

PhD project

Esther completed her PhD on the ‘Potential – Power to teach All’ project. This interuniversity innovative research and valorisation project responds to the challenge of building more inclusive schools. Esther her PhD aimed to gain more insight into the concept of differentiatied instruction in order to create more inclusive schools. Through both quantitative and qualitative research methods, the PhD consisted of four peer-reviewed studies that examine the perception and implementation of differentiated instruction by teachers. The results emphasize the importance of teacher thinking, the importance of differentiated instruction as a holistic concept and the importance and complexity of professional development.

Background information

Esther Gheyssens received her Master in Educational Sciences in 2013 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. After graduating, she worked for two years as the coördinator of the Brussels Expertise Network for Education. During this period, she also conducted research within the educational sciences department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Between 2016 and 2019 Esther worked as a full-time doctoral researcher at the ‘Potential – Power to teach All’ project. During this period Esther was also involved as an educational assistant in the Educational Sciences courses at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Together with professor Dr. Katrien Struyven, she published practical books for teachers on the theme of differentiatd instruction. From 2020 to 2021, Esther worked as an educational assistant at the Educational Master of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In 2021 she started as an entrepreneur focusing on language and education.