University Science Education
The research group of University Science Education carry out research and development in relation to teaching and learning in university science programmes. A particular focus is on the interaction between the students, the staff, the curricula and the teaching and learning cultures at university. This has been studied in relation to the transition and retention of students through the entire university programme and the students’ constructions of identities in this process, in relation to university science teaching development and development of teaching competences.
A particular focus is on the interaction between the students, the staff, the curricula and the teaching and learning cultures at university. This has been studied in relation to the transition and retention of students through the entire university programme and the students’ constructions of identities in this process, in relation to university science teaching development and development of teaching competences.
The research group of University Science Education carry out research and development in relation to teaching and learning in university science programmes. A particular focus is on the interaction between the students, the staff, the curricula and the teaching and learning cultures at university. This has been studied in relation to the transition and retention of students through the entire university programme and the students’ constructions of identities in this process, in relation to university science teaching development, to PhD supervision and to interdisciplinarity. A large part of the research activities relate to the following themes:
- Transition and retention of students: This theme includes projects studying the transition of students into university science programmes and how the students cope and negotiate their experiences at the programme. Further, there are projects studying the transition of students after the bachelor degree, including the into a Master’s programme, and from the Master’s degree and into the labour market.
- Students’ work and learning in laboratories in university science education: A large project concerns what students learn from the laboratory teaching that is a common element in many science study programmes. The project particularly studies what competencies students acquire from laboratory work, how they best acquire these competencies, and how the competencies are used and developed beyond laboratory courses. See more: https://lablearning.ku.dk
- Geographies of Internationalisation: Using spatial and mobility approaches, this project explores how internationalisation affects perceptions of quality, relevance, and learning in higher education and how these perceptions travel with internationally mobile students and academics. We study six common internationalisation instruments: incoming mobility, outgoing mobility, English as a medium of instruction, international specialization, international staff, and internationalisation at home. See more: http://projects.au.dk/geoint/
The research group has extended experience with qualitative methodologies e.g. narrative interviews, timeline interviews, longitudinal studies, and further apply a wide range of qualitative analytical frameworks as discourse analysis, thematic analysis using narrative psychology. The group also apply mixed-methods approaches.
Some of the research in the group is linked to the pedagogical development projects launched by the University of Copenhagen. This includes projects about the use of portfolio as documentation of pedagogic competences, about interdisciplinary courses and study programmes, and improving the first-year experience of students.
Furthermore, members of the research group are also involved in research concerning upper-secondary school, particularly related to geoscience, inquiry-based science education, transition into upper-secondary school and non-traditional students.
- How do students experience the transition to university, how does the curriculum affect this experience, how do the students cope with their experiences and what implications does this have for the retention?
- How are teaching competences included and assessed in the academic development of university staff?
- In what ways does engagement influence students’ interactions with learning situations on spatial thinking skills?
- In what ways are scientific knowledge production negotiated between the Global South and the Global North in academic research capacity building projects in West-Africa.
- How does the culture at different science study programmes interact with students’ transition to work life?
All Danish universities have one or more units for academic and educational development (AD and ED). These units are organised in different ways, and not all of them are involved in research. Some universities have one unit covering the entire university (e.g., University of Southern Denmark (SDU)), while others have separate units for different faculties (e.g., University of Copenhagen). Some units have AD and ED units integrated with it-learning centres. Some universities are currently (Spring 2020) reorganising their units.
Apart from research and development in relation to the units for AD and ED, research on teaching and learning are carried out by researchers at the universities in individual departments.
Links for the units at Danish universities:
- AaU Learning Lab:
- Center for Digitally Supported Learning: https://www.en.cdul.aau.dk
- E-Learning Lab - Center for User Driven Innovation, Learning and Design: https://www.communication.aau.dk/research/knowledge_groups/e-learning-lab
- The Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability: https://www.ucpbl.net
- AU Educational Development Network (UPNet): https://upnet.au.dk/en/
- Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL): https://bss.au.dk/en/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/
- Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media: https://tdm.au.dk/en/
- Centre for Health Sciences Education: https://cesu.au.dk/en/
- Centre for Higher Education Futures: https://dpu.au.dk/en/research/research-units/higher-education-futures/
- Science and Technology Learning Lab: https://stll.au.dk
CBS (Copenhagen Business School):
- Teaching & Learning: https://www.cbs.dk/en/about-cbs/organisation/administrative-units/teaching-learning
- LearningLab DTU: https://learninglab.dtu.dk/english
ITU (IT-university of Copenhagen ):
- Learning support is a part of their administrative unit Research & Learning
RUC (Roskilde University):
- Centre for Research on Problem-oriented Project Learning: https://ruc.dk/en/research-centre/centre-research-problemoriented-project-learning
- Unit of Academic Development (EAE): https://ruc.dk/en/academic-development
University of Southern Denmark:
- SDU Centre for Teaching and Learning: https://www.sdu.dk/en/om_sdu/institutter_centre/c_unipaedagogik
University of Copenhagen:
- IND (Department of Science Education): https://www.ind.ku.dk/english/
- IT learning centre: https://itlc.science.ku.dk/english/
- PCS (The Teaching and Learning Unit of Social Sciences): https://samf.ku.dk/pcs/english/
- TEACH Teaching Centre Humanities: https://humanities.ku.dk/about/administration/all2/teach/
- COBL (Centre for Online and Blended Learning): https://cobl.ku.dk
DUN is a network for teachers, developers, researchers and administrative staff at the universities with an interest in teaching and learning in higher education. The network facilitates a number of special-interest groups, it organises an annual conference and publishes a journal (The Danish Journal of Higher Education (DUT)) with two annual issues. Most of the activities and articles are in Danish, but some of the conference sessions and some of the articles in the journal are in English, just as some of the SIGs have English as their working language.
- A brief introduction to DUN in English: https://dun-net.dk/dun-in-english/
- DUN’s website in Danish: https://dun-net.dk
- A list of the SIGs: https://dun-net.dk/sigs-special-interest-groups/
- The Danish Journal of Higher Education (DUT): https://dun-net.dk/dut-dansk-universitetspaed-tidsskrift/
- DUN is a member of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED) (http://icedonline.net)
|Andrea Fransiska Møller Gregersen||Research Assistant||+4535334255|
|Camilla Falk Rønne Nissen||Postdoc|
|Camilla Østerberg Rump||Associate Professor||+4535320473|
|Ene Ernst Hoppe||PhD Student||+4535334284|
|Frederik Voetmann Christiansen||Associate Professor||+4552119916|
|Hendra Y. Agustian||Postdoc||+4535334470|
|Henriette Tolstrup Holmegaard||Associate Professor||+4535320386|
|Jonas Tarp Jørgensen||PhD Student||+4535324147|
|Katia Bill Nielsen||Postdoc||+4535326581|
|Katrine Lindvig||Assistant Professor - Tenure Track||+4535320371|
|Laura Teinholt Finne||PhD Student||+4535334044|
|Lene Møller Madsen||Associate Professor||+4535320459|
|Marie Larsen Ryberg||Postdoc||+4535332377|
The following are attached to the group:
|Rie Hjørnegaard Malm||PhD student, Department of Geosciences, Oslo University|