Research strategy – University of Copenhagen

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Research strategy 

Research on and restructuring towards a modern teaching of science is a major area of action for DSE. This does not only count for education at the faculty. The challenges in the scientific area extend to the teachings at upper secondary level as well at the basic school level. Therefore, it is probable that DSE's research is most valuable at the tertiary level, but the efforts on the secondary and primary levels are important, too, and to be included.

DSE is to take part in the establishment of the fundamental scientific research on teaching activities and teaching development at SCIENCE as well as at other science educations. The requirement for the research conducted by DSE is that it is academically solid and applicable for a broad range of players. This is to be achieved through an effort on the following areas:

  • The fundamental scientific research at DSE is to be of high, international quality. This is ensured through cooperation with leading Danish and foreign researchers, as well as through publication of research results in peer-reviewed magazines, and evaluations based on international standards.
  • The core issues of the research are closely tied to teaching and the subjects, in order to ensure a high level of applicability.
  • To achieve a necessary breadth in the research, competency must be built in a range of uncovered areas. This calls for more employees, more, PhDs, and more post.docs. This is to be made possible primarily via increased, external financing.

DSE's research is focused around the following areas:

  1. Teaching (improvement and development of teaching of scientific subjects: Didactical design, forms of teaching, learning theory, transfer of knowledge, etc.)
  2. Education (improvement and development of educations in scientific subjects: Basing teaching on research, assuring quality, evaluating, transition issues, recruitment and maintenance, development of curricula, competency benchmarks, etc.).
  3. Education of teachers in scientific subjects (lecturer training, counselor education, supplementary training). 4. Didactics of museums and science centers (facilitation and learning at museums and science centers, links between formal and informal learning environments).

DSE's research strategy is comprised in the general DSE strategy.