The University of Copenhagen offers a free PhD course on content analysis in science and mathematics education. Participants will be introduced to examples and methods for content analysis as part of the research field of didactics of mathematics and science, with a special emphasis on praxeological analysis in the sense of the Anthropological Theory of the Didactic.

The course will consist of

  • Self-study of materials (original papers on epistemological and praxeological analyses in didactics) sent out before course start;
  • Interactive lectures (two every day, see teachers below);
  • Seminars with participants presenting and discussing their own epistemological analysis; and
  • Individual tutorials based on the 5-page papers the participants produce before course start.

As preparation for the course, participants are expected to

  • Read course material (about 100 pages of scientific papers),
  • Write a 5-page paper with content analysis pertaining to their own project,
  • Read written feedback from course teachers,
  • Prepare an oral presentation based on their own paper, and
  • Prepare feedback for other participants

The criteria for assessment are that the initial paper authored by each participant (submitted no later than the 1st of October) draws significantly on the course materials, and that the oral presentation also draws on feedback from the course teachers. The 30 minute oral presentations conclude the assessment of the participant.

Subject area

The emphasis will be on content analysis (also called epistemological analysis) in various kinds of didactics research; this includes design-oriented research, praxeologies and praxeological reference models of science and mathematical content, in a variety of education settings including classrooms, laboratories, exhibitions and other designed environments.

The course is offered by the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, on Oct 21st – 25th 2019 (full time). Registration is free of charge. Participants are required to cover costs pertaining to travel, room and board. Read more and enrol at https://phdcourses.ku.dk/detailkursus.aspx?id=105887&sitepath=NAT

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