The purpose of the PhD Council

The overall objective is to improve the learning outcome of all students in primary and lower secondary school and, in this way, their prerequisites for further education and employment. An improved learning outcome of the primary and lower secondary school can e.g. be achieved by strengthening the subject-specific didactic knowledge and capacity and through increased educational and social-pedagogical competencies.

The PhD projects may cover issues relating to subject-specific didactics as well as general didactic and educational topics. In 2022, the PhD council will take particular interest in applications within the following areas:

  • Subject didactics and teaching development, for example in relation to language subjects, practical music subjects and technology comprehension, and methods of assessment, tests and exams
  • Class communities, norms and inclusive learning environments, and "mellemformer” (hybrid approaches to special educational needs)
  • School development, frameworks, organisation, management and collaboration (including inter-professional collaboration and collaboration with parents)
  • Pupil participation, democratic education and well-being
  • Diversity and inequality
  • Education for sustainability (related to climate, society or culture)

Interdisciplinary applications and applications within other fields are also welcome.

The applications must demonstrate the connection between the research question on the one hand and the design and method on the other. Emphasis is placed on applications with a generally relevant research question and theoretical and methodological originally that engage critically with existing research. The PhD council encourages the use of quantitative methods when justified by the research question.

The PhD fellowships are expected to commence on 1 January 2023.

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