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Learning and Education

The programme:

The programme in learning and education is concerned with processes of learning and becoming in a wide variety of formal and informal educational settings as well as with the organizational, political, economical, social, cultural, scientific, philosophical and historical contexts in which educationally relevant relations and processes are embedded. These processes of learning and becoming in education can be addressed theoretically, analytically and empirically. The programme covers a multidimensional research area, ranging from educational research to interdisciplinary approaches (such as sociological, historical, anthropological, ethnographic, psychological, and philosophical perspectives). Central to the academic scope of the programme is empirically based basic research, and analytical theory and methodology. PhD students within the programme are engaged in both basic philosophical and analytical research questions, and with innovative and interventions-oriented research. The programme thus takes interest in synergies between studies focused on theory development, methodological refinements and empirically based analyses of educational, learning, social and subjective phenomena.

Ranging from politics of education and school management to processes of becoming among pre- schoolers and special education, epistemological and philosophical approaches to education and learning, history of education, and studies of politics of knowledge, diversity and intercultural studies this programme covers a range of perspectives, but all with a shared interest in genuine theoretical and methodological reflexivity, and empirically based analytical research questions.

The programme offers a selection of courses and seminars. It works in close collaboration with the national doctoral training network in education and offers a national doctoral summer school event. The programme collaborates with a number of international partners, including agreements on summer schools and on PhD student mobility.

Research facilities available:

The programme is placed within the Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University which is the hub of research on education in Denmark.

The National Library of Education at the Danish School of Education holds the main national collection in the fields of: learning, didactics and educational science, educational systems, educational psychology, psychology of children and adolescents, and children's literature.

Examples of employment after graduation:

The research programme is aimed at advancing research. Many graduates will pursue university research careers within the fields related to their PhD projects. Others find employment in the public educational sector, other public services, NGO’s or in the private sector. The programme enables graduates to respond to professional responsibilities that include, evaluation, administration, policy work and research design related to different aspects of education.

International cooperation:

The programme collaborates with a number of international partners, including agreements on summer schools and on PhD student mobility. See an list of mobility options here and a list of Erasmus agreements here. Please note that the lists will be regularly updated. For queries with regard to current opportunities, please contact Eva Lise Eriksen, e-mail: eli@dpu.dk

Geographic location:

PhD students will be enrolled at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, usually at Campus Emdrup or possibly at Campus Aarhus

Approx. number of PhD students:



Assessment committee for applications:

Please find the members of the assessment committee under the relevant PhD programme.