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Intervention as practice-based professional learning in daycare (4+4/5+3), 2020-11

PhD scholarship/fellowship in the field of Intervention as practice-based professional learning in daycare (4+4 or 5+3)

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with the Danish foundation TrygFonden, invites applications for a fully-funded PhD scholarship/fellowship in Intervention as practice-based professional learning in daycare provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD scholarship/fellowship is available as of 1 August 2020 for a period of up to three years (5+3) and of up to four years (4+4). The candidate who is awarded the scholarship/fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 August 2020. 

The PhD scholarship/fellowship will be financed by the 2 parties.

The PhD scholarship/fellowship is advertised within the field of Intervention as practice-based professional learning in daycare.

This fellowship is linked to a major research study, 'Educational quality in day care - emphasizing close social relationships between children and adults’, which seeks to augment quality in family daycares by supporting an interactionist approach to early childhood education through continuous professional development (CPD) and practice-based learning for managers and staff. The ultimate goal of this study is to enhance opportunities for all 0-2 year old children to develop to the best of their potential (especially in terms of social-emotional and language development), regardless of their background.

The purpose of this PhD project is to investigate the implementation of this approach.

The student should take an ethnographic, exploratory approach to examining the complex factors that facilitate, hinder, or otherwise influence the implementation. It would be beneficial to use a holistic research design that takes into account both the situational and the broader contextual conditions, such as recent daycare legislation. This project and the associated research study combine a practice-based professional development initiative with an action learning approach that integrates an on-going process for facilitating and supporting organisational change.

The PhD student should include a focus on practice, taking into account practitioners’ experiences and learning processes, collaboration, and organizational relationships. It should stress the combination of reflective practice and situated learning. The PhD project can draw on practice theory (e.g., Nicolini, Schatzi), especially the literature on communities of practice (e.g., Lave & Wenger), and/or change theory (e.g., change laboratories (Engeström), translation theory (Røvik).

Through a combination of impact studies (examining child outcomes) and the PhD student’s nuanced, in-depth exploration of implementation in the educational context, this strong interdisciplinary approach will contribute a new view of implementation and practice theory from an organizational perspective. https://childresearch.au.dk/dagtilbud/kvalitet-laering-og-trivsel/paedagogisk-kvalitet-i-dagplejen/

The PhD student must complete the studies in accordance with the valid regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree programme at the universities: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/phdstudystructure/

Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/  

The PhD scholar/fellow will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University.

The PhD student will be affiliated with the PhD programme Learning and Education.

The PhD student’s place of work will be the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis.

The PhD degree programme is expected to include a lengthy research stay at a foreign institution, cf. Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme.

Danish School of Education’s research programme:

4+4 programme
When you apply for a SU PhD scholarship (4+4), you must be able to document relevant qualifications in the academic area of the PhD project in the form of a Bachelor’s degree and one year of Master’s degree studies or equivalent qualifications. A prerequisite for allocation of SU PhD scholarships is that these qualifications are acquired no later than 31 July 2020.

Applicants who have acquired 60 ECTS credits in a Master’s degree examination and applicants who will have acquired 60 to 90 ECTS credits in a Master’s degree examination after the deadline for application can apply for a combined SU and PhD scholarship in the 4+4 scheme. Applicants who have already earned 90 ECTS credits at the time of application should apply for the 5+3 PhD fellowship as long as the Master’s degree programme is completed no later than the day before the PhD enrolment starts.

The duration of Part A of the PhD degree programme depends on the number of ECTS credits earned at the commencement of study. The duration is estimated based on the information in the application about the number of ECTS credits earned and those to be awarded upon satisfactory completion of current courses.

A condition for being allocated a combined SU and PhD scholarship is that the applicant passes this examination prior to the commencement of studies.

SU PhD scholarships are allocated in accordance with the Ministerial Order regarding state educational support (SU), section II: https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=192525  (Danish State Education Grant and Loan Scheme Authority – only in Danish. Please see this page for further information http://www.su.dk/english/).

In connection with the SU PhD scholarship, a PhD scholar can undertake paid work amounting to 280 hours distributed over part A of the studies. Employment in accordance with protocol regarding PhD scholars; agreement regarding payment of PhD students for work carried out in connection with the PhD degree programme: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

SU PhD-points and hourly pay: http://phd.arts.au.dk/financing/salary-and-employment/#SU


5+3 programme

When you apply for a 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3), you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 July 2020.

The PhD fellow will be employed as a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (see section 6.1.4), as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (see enclosure 5). The agreement and the protocol including amendments are available online: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

Salary: http://phd.arts.au.dk/financing/salary-and-employment/salary-5-3/


If you require professional guidance regarding your application for the PhD scholarship/fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at Learning and Education:  http://phd.arts.au.dk/about-us/contact/

For further information, please contact Professor MSO Bente Jensen, Danish School of Education, bj@edu.au.dk, Phone + 45 22 11 97 26.

The application can be written in both Danish and English.

All applicants must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium'). Please see this page for further information: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/english-test/  

Applications for the PhD scholarship/fellowship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.

Guidelines for the application facility: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/how-to-apply/


Deadline for applications: 15 March 2020 at 23.59 Danish time (CET/CETS).
Reference number: 2020-11

During the assessments, Aarhus University can conduct interviews with selected applicants.