Staff at Department of Science Education – University of Copenhagen

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Lars Ulriksen

Lars Ulriksen


Member of:

  • University Science Education

My research concerns the encounter between on the one hand the students with their prior knowledge and experiences, their interests, expectations and perspectives, and, on the other, the educational context with its ways of teaching, its curriculum, frames, cultures, traditions, teachers and other students. What happens in this encounter? What affects what happens, and how does it influence the students’ development of an identity and sense of belonging at the education, as well as their interests, motivation and learning outcomes?

Specifically, I have studied university students, particularly within science and engineering, their choice of study, their transition into first year at university and what they find challenging in this transition. We have studied how the students manage this transition, the teaching and the content they meet, and how it affects the completion and non-completion during first year.

Also, I have studied upper-secondary school, in particular students from non-traditional background and the challenges these students experience during upper-secondary school, but also in a wider sense the difficulties students experience in the transition from lower to upper secondary school.

Selected publications

  1. Published
  2. Published

    The first-year experience: students’ encounter with science and engineering programmes

    Ulriksen, L., Madsen, L. M. & Holmegaard, H. T. 2015 Understanding Student Participation and Choice in Science and Technology Education. Henriksen, E. K., Dillon, J. & Ryder, J. (eds.). Dordrecht Heidelberg New York London: Springer Science+Business Media B.V., Ch. 15, p. 241-257 (Education).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  3. Published

    God undervisning på de videregående uddannelser: En forskningsbaseret brugsbog

    Ulriksen, L. Oct 2014 Frederiksberg: Frydenlund. 437 p.

    Publication: CommunicationBook

  4. Published

    What do we know about explanationsfor drop out/opt out among young people from STM higher education programs?

    Ulriksen, L., Madsen, L. M. & Holmegaard, H. T. 2010 In : Studies in Science Education. 46, 2, p. 209-244 36 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    The Implied Student

    Ulriksen, L. 2009 In : Studies in Higher Education. 34, 5, p. 517-532 16 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

Selected activities

  1. Lecturer:

    Hvordan skaber vi de bedste uddannelser for de unge?

    5 Aug 2014 - 6 Aug 2014

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