We are happy to offer a free Ph.D.-Course in qualitative methodologies in Science Education at the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, November 16th – 20th 2020. And it is pleasure to present a list of international expert scholars as teachers:
Professor Justin Dillon, University of Exeter Professor Anna Danielsson, University of Uppsala Assistant Professor Kathrine Wade-Jaimes, University of Memphis Associate Professor Henriette Holmegaard, University of Copenhagen Associate Professor Lene Møller Madsen, University of Copenhagen
Professor Lars Ulriksen, University of Copenhagen
Science education research has previously been dominated by a quantitative regime applied by science researchers. However, the use of qualitative methods has gained momentum and belongs to a growing area within the field. The area is growing both because the field of science education are moving towards asking explorative questions as why and how (as for example why do young people struggle to see themselves in science) but also because the cross-disciplinary field of science education draws on both natural science knowledge and theories and methodologies from social science and the humanities. Hence, doctoral students within science education research are working in a cross-disciplinary field with no clear traditions or guidelines of how to design qualitative studies. This course addresses these challenges by offering an in-depth exploration of qualitative methods within the field of science education. It will provide tools, knowledge and guidelines to the doctoral students in general and more particular support the doctoral students in developing their own methodologies. The course focuses specifically on the use of qualitative methods in science education, why doctoral students within science education research will have first priority. However, it will also include issues related to educational research in general, why students from related research areas as educational research in general are encouraged to apply as well. The course will take place at the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen and it will last one full week (3 ECTS).
• The doctoral students will be able to identify the pros and cons of applying different qualitative methods.
• They will be capable of selecting and reflecting on their choice of methods and its suitability to different research aims.
• They will acquire the competences to carry out qualitative research in practice and to reflect on the challenges they encounter.
• They will be able to pick out relevant ethical considerations and to meet qualitative research criteria.
Teaching and learning methods
The participants will work intensively with different qualitative methodologies and the reflections qualitative researchers go through when engaging in these methods. The methods are qualitative interviews, class room observations, ethnographic methods and longitudinal studies. In addition, the course also includes important topics such as qualitative research criteria, ethics, and the challenges of studying subtle mechanism as gender, power relations and positionality.
Preparation/self study 40
Course hours 30
Registration is free of charge; participants are required to cover any and all costs pertaining to travel, room and board during the course