Ph.D.-course: Qualitative methodologies in Science Education

Date: November 16-20, 2020

Venue: Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 3, 1350 Copenhagen

Fee: Free

Admission deadline: August 14, 2020

Admission: Write to Link Arrow lmmadsen@ind.ku.dk about you own experience with qualitative methods and how far you are in your PhD. Final acceptance will be given August 18, 2020

Formel requirements: You must have started on your empirical part of your thesis.

The Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen is offering a free Ph.D.-Course in qualitative methodologies.

This course offers 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. 

Prior to the course, the doctoral students have three tasks:

  • firstly to write a short piece on their doctoral research project and their (intended) use of qualitative methods,
  • secondly to undertake a timeline interview according to a set of guidelines provided to them,
  • and finally to orient themselves within the course literature.


The course itself consist of practical individual activities and group-work, teacher presentations as well as workshops and classroom discussions. In the final part of the course, the doctoral students are given individual feedback on their ideas of using qualitative methods within their research projects based on a revision of the short piece they wrote prior to the course adding insights gained during the course.

The course will last one full week (3 ECTS).

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