Lucija Andre

Postdoctoral researcher


Lucija Andre is a postdoctoral researcher in Educational Science at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


I was born and raised in Serbia – a country rich in cultural heritage, good music and beautiful natural sceneries. I completed a master in Pedagogy at the University of Novi Sad (Serbia) and a research master in Child development and education at the University of Amsterdam. In addition, I followed a Systemic Family Psychotherapy training at the Communication Center, BJANKO. In 2018, I obtained my PhD (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam on the topic: Driven by the future: Future time perspective across life domains and cultures. During my master and PhD studies I worked as a teaching assistant on subjects related to educational psychology, pedagogy and informal education, worked as a mentor of graduate students, content editor of Methodological and Statistical coursers at Coursera, and as an educational program designer for museums.

Areas of expertise

Motivation, future time perspective, self-regulation, museum and music educational designs.


My PhD focused on motivational strategies of future time perspective (FTP) and regulatory focus (RF) for reaching individuals’ educational, work, and health goals. I conducted three meta-analyses on the relationships between the FTP and people’s attitudes and behaviors in education, work and health, and explored personal and situational factors that are linked to FTP, that is, adolescents’ RF and the RF of their parents. For this purpose, I developed an instrument for measuring the RF of parents and tested its psychometric properties. Also, I conducted a cross-cultural and longitudinal study to test the relationships between parent and adolescent RF and FTP and educational and career outcomes, among Dutch, Serbian, and Croatian adolescents. Specifically, I was interested to see whether adolescents’ motivational orientations differ across countries with vastly different cultural values and socio-economic circumstances.
In the Wonderful education project, I will develop and validate the questionnaire that measures wonder-full education and explore relationships between the wonder-full education, wonder, and children’s flourishing in the Netherlands. I am curious to explore how wonder-full education and wonder can motivate for learning and growth.  

Selected publications

• Andre, L., van Vianen, A. E. M., Peetsma, T. T. D., & Oort, F. J. (2018). Motivational power of future time perspective: Meta-analyses in education, work, and health. PLoS One, 13(1),
• Andre, L., van Vianen, A. E. M., & Peetsma, T. T. D. (2017). Adolescents’ and parents’ regulatory focus as determinants of future time perspective on school and professional career. Learning and Individual Differences, 34-42.
• Andre, L., Peetsma, T.T.D., van Vianen, A.E.M., Jansen in de Wal, J., Petrović S. D. & Bunjevac, T. (2018). Motivated by future and challenges: A cross-cultural study on adolescents' investment in learning and career planning. Manuscript submitted for publication.
• Andre, L., Durksen, T., & Volman, M. (2016). Museums as avenues of learning for children: A decade of research. Learning Environments Research. DOI 10.1007/s10984-016-9222
• Pantić, V., Paljkovljević, T., Mišić, S., Stefanov, S., Andre, L., & Kamenarac, O. (2008). My Gallery: Once upon a time there was a painter…, Imagination booklet, Editor: Kulić, B., Novi Sad: The Gallery of Matica srpska. ISBN 978-86-83603-34-3
• Andre, L. (2009). The pedagogy of a musical construct. Belgrade: INITIUM Library, Endowment Andrejević. ISBN 978-86-7244-816-0