Michel Vandenbroeck

Michel Vandenbroeck is chairman of VBJK. He is working as professor for the department of Social Welfare Studies of Ghent University.


After 20 years in service of the organisation, he wrote a PhD on the shift in mentality in Flemish childcare (In Verzekerde Bewaring, published by SWP, Amsterdam).  


Michel teaches childcare, family pedagogy and professionalization in Social Work. He develops research on these issues. He has published several books and articles in Belgium and abroad. He cooperates with VBJK in projects on the social function of childcare, professionalisation, diversity, parent support and meeting places for children and parents.


He is a member of the editor's board of European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. Together with professor Ileana Seda-Santana het manages the workpack “Program Development” of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and Ethnic Division.  



Vandenbroeck, M. & Bouverne-De Bie, M. (2006) Children’s Agency and Educational Norms: A Tensed Negotiation. Childhood, 13 (1) 127-143.

Vandenbroeck, M. (2006) The Persistent Gap between Education and Care. An ‘History of the Present’ Research on Belgian Child Care Provision and Policy. Paedagogica Historica, 42 (3) 363-383.

Vanobbergen, B.; Vandenbroeck, M.; Roose, R. & Bouverne-De Bie, M. (2006) We are one big happy family. Beyond negotiation and compulsory happiness. Educational Theory, 56 (4). 423-437.

Vandenbroeck, M. (2006) Autonomous Children, Privileging Negotiation, and New Limits to Freedom. International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, & Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies, 7. 71-80

Vandenbroeck, M.; Verschelden, G.; Boonaert, T. & Van Haute, L. (2007) Changes in the digital divide: a case from Belgium. British Journal of Educational Technology, 38(4), 742-743.

Vandenbroeck, M. (2007) Luisteren naar deskundigen. Opvoedingsdavies aan Nederlandse ouders 1945 – 1999, by Janneke Wubs. Book Review. Paedagogica Historica, 43(3), 444-447.

Vandenbroeck, M. (2007) Beyond Anti-Bias Education: Changing Conceptions of Diversity and Equity in European Early Childhood Education. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 15 (1). 21-35.

Vandenbroeck, M. (2007) Diversidad y equidad. Infancia, 105. 3-6.

Vandenbroeck, M.; Verschelden, G. & Boonaert, T. (2008) E-learning in a female low-status profession: The role of motivation, anxiety and social support in the learning divide. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 24, 181-190.

Vandenbroeck, M.; De Visscher, S.; Van Nuffel, K. & Ferla, J. (2008). Mothers’ Search for Infant Child Care: The Dynamic Relation between Availability and Desirability in a Continental European Welfare State. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 23(2) pp 245-258.

Vandenbroeck, M. & Peeters, J. (2008). Gender and professionalism: A critical analysis of overt and covert curricula. Early Child Development and Care, 178(7-8). 703-715.

Brougère, G. & Vandenbroeck, M. (2008) Novos paradigmas para a educação infantil. Pátio Educação Infantil, 18. 14-17.

Vandenbroeck, M.; Roets, G. & Snoeck, A. (2009). Immigrant mothers crossing borders: Nomadic identities and multiple belongings in early childhood education. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 17(2).

De Mey, W.; Vandenbroeck, M.; Coussée, F. & Bouverne-De Bie, M. (2009). Social work and parent support in reaction to children's antisocial behaviour: constructions and effects. International Journal of Social Welfare.

Vandenbroeck, M.; Boonaert, T.; Van der Mespel, S.; De Brabandere, K. (2009). Dialogical spaces to reconceptualize parent support in the social investment state. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 10(1).

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