Minggu, 08 Agustus 2010

[Sweden] PhD Student Position within Engineering Education Research at Chalmers University of Technology

We are looking for a candidate (reference number 2010/164) within the area on educational methods that promote complex competences related to transformative learning. Transformative learning, including the ability to shift perspectives, is claimed to be best achieved when different perspectives are introduced in teaching and when also their underlying assumptions are challenged. This candidate will study whether case study courses and other pedagogical approaches can promote learning processes of transformative character and how such learning can be assessed.

Another position (reference number 2010/163) is within the area of mathematics education. Mathematical models influence how we think about the world, and consequently what conclusions we draw and what choices we make. But how do students, at secondary school level and university level, conceptualize the nature and role of mathematical models in science and engineering? And how can teachers help students to construct, analyze, and solve mathematical models representing complex real-world problems in science and engineering?

A third candidate (reference number 2010/165) is sought on opportunities for improved learning in relation to knowledge clusters. In connection to Chalmers` eight areas of advance, such clusters may form around specific themes in collaboration with the public and private sectors, integrating education, research, and innovation. How can these clusters be utilized as platforms for improved education in terms of relevance of the education, both for the profession and for the desired societal change? And how can they be utilized for informing the university on future competence needs of both students and of engineers and other professionals? What other types of opportunities for improved learning emerge?

Required qualifications
The basic qualification for admission to the doctoral programme in Engineering Education Research is a master`s degree in an area appropriate for the research task (degree on advanced level of at least 240 higher education credits). Equivalent knowledge acquired by other means will also count as qualification. Experience from earlier work within the described areas is an advantage.

Applicants from abroad who do not have English or a Scandinavian language as their mother tongue will be required to take an English language test, e.g. TOEFL 550 (paper-based)/TOEFL 213 (computer-based) before admission.

Application procedure
The application shall be written in English and include the following items:

  1. An application of a maximum of one A4 page containing your specific qualifications for the position
  2. Attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports and other documents
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Letters of recommendation and name of reference persons (optional) The application shall be sent electronically as pdf or zipped documents. Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

If any material is not available electronically or cannot be transferred to pdf format, the material can be sent as a hard copy to Registrar. The applicants name and the reference number (2010/164) must be written on the first page of the application.

Chalmers University of Technology
SE-412 96 Göteborg

Further information
Urban Nulden, Head of the Department of Applied IT
Email: urban.nulden@ituniv.se
Phone: +46 31 786 27 63

Magdalena Svanström, director, Chalmers Learning Centre
Email: magdalena.svanstrom@chalmers.se
Phone: +46 31 772 3001


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