dr. (Sanneke) S de la Rie


Sanneke de la Rie works as a postdoctoral researcher on the international NWO Open Research Area project “The Development of Inequality in Children’s Educational achievements (DICE),” within the research group of Prof. Dr. Renske Keizer. The project examines how childhood inequalities develop over time (ages 3 to 16), what factors may influence inequalities, and how national context may strengthen or buffer these processes. The international team aims to contribute to the intergenerational transmission of inequalities literature by looking at development over time, as opposed to international large-scale assessments which take snap-shots of achievement. They examine development in early childhood cross-nationally, and conceptualize child development in a comprehensive manner by investigating both cognitive, as well as behavioural and health outcomes. This is done by leveraging rich cohort and administrative data from France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, embedding these countries in a harmonized framework.

Sanneke completed her PhD in Pedagogy at the Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her dissertation focuses on implementation quality and effects of family literacy programs. Recognizing the strong and long lasting influence of parents as first educators of their children, family literacy programs aim to promote children’s literacy development by stimulating the home literacy environment, particularly in at-risk families. Previously established disappointing program effects for these families stress the need for insight into how programs are implemented. Starting from a comprehensive framework for measuring implementation quality, Sanneke’s PhD-research maps how implementation quality is generally included in family literacy research. Applying the framework in an effect study of the Dutch program Early Education at Home (VVE Thuis), she provides recommendations for how the implementation of family literacy programs can be improved. Adequate implementation quality of these programs is not self-evident. Future studies should therefore comprehensively examine the role of implementation quality in program evaluations, while in practice, systematic preparation for implementation of FLPs is necessary. Promoting differentiation, both in delivery and program content, can help to better support participating families from various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds in implementing these programs.

Sanneke’s research focuses on three main topics: 1) the intergenerational transmission of inequalities, 2) family literacy programs, and 3) early child language development.

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Visiting fellow | Public Administration
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam


  • Roel Steensel, Sanneke Rie, K Vlot & Nicole Lucassen (2019) - Differences between fathers and mothers in shared reading interactions: Effects of child gender
  • Sanneke Rie (2019) - Effecten van gezinsprogramma’s en de rol van implementatiekwaliteit
  • Sanneke Rie (2018) - Family Literacy Programs as educational innovations: the role of implementation quality
  • Sanneke Rie, R van Steensel, A van Gelderen & S Severiens (2018) - Level of abstraction in parent-child interactions and early literacy: The role of activity type and socio-economic status.
  • Sanneke Rie & M van der Pluijm (2018) - Parental Involvement conference, organized by Municipality of Rotterdam and Oxford University
  • Sanneke Rie (2018) - professional development day organized by Stichting Wijzer for primary school teachers and staff
  • Sanneke Rie, Roel Steensel, AJS van Gelderen, Joran Jongerling & S Severiens (2017) - Outcomes and implementation of a Dutch Family Literacy Program
  • Sanneke Rie, Roel Steensel, AJS van Gelderen & S Severiens (2017) - Cognitive demand in parent-child interactions and children’s literacy skills
  • Sanneke Rie, R van Steensel, A van Gelderen & S Severiens (2016) - Implementation and effects of Early Education at Home.
  • Sanneke Rie, R van Steensel & A van Gelderen (2016) - Pitfalls and successes in implementing Early Education at Home

  • Sanneke de la Rie, S. Severiens, R. van Steensel & A. van Gelderen (2018) - Review of Education Editors’ Choice Award
  • Roel van Steensel, Sanneke de la Rie & A.J.S. van Gelderen (2017) - Review of Education's Editors’ Choice Award 2017

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