The Faculty of Education and International Studies announces two scholarships affiliated with the project "Better Provision for Norway's Children from Early Childhood Education and Care through Primary School [BeProS]" funded by the Research Council of Norway. BeProS is a follow-up study of the long-term final project "Better reservations for Norwegian children in early childhood education and care" [GoBaN] (see: www.goban.no). The aim of the BeProS study is to investigate how conditions during the first years of life predict children's further development in school. In the GoBaN study, we followed 1,200 children throughout Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), and in the BeProS project, the same children will be followed up in primary school. BeProS gives us the opportunity to investigate the correlation between the quality of children’s early childhood experiences, both in ECEC and their home learning environment, and their literacy skills (reading, arithmetic and writing skills) in primary school.
The advertised Ph.D. scholarships are linked to the following two work packages in the project: 1) Identification and measurement of children's writing skills, and 2) Children's academic achievements in reading and numeracy skills. The Ph.D. candidates who are offered these scholarship positions will be affiliated with the Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education. The scholarships are for 3-year, full-time positions. The academic work must result in a doctoral dissertation that must be defended at the Faculty in order to obtain the doctoral degree.
Applicants are required to develop a research proposal that must be submitted with the application. The proposal must be linked to one of the two work package areas. More information and the proposal template are found here. Interested applicants should contact the project coordinator: Professor Kristin Walseth, firstname.lastname@example.org, 67237301. The Department of Teacher Education will hold a research proposal seminar with information and advice on how to develop a research proposal at Pilestredet 42, room Q6031 on September 22, 2020 at 3:15-4:15 pm. Those interested in attending this seminar should register via the following link: Registration seminar. The deadline for registration is September 18, 2020.
More details about the two work package areas are found below:
Writing is defined as an interdisciplinary skill in primary school, and in today's school, students are supposed to write in all subjects. Writing is both analogue and digital, and it is multimodal. The aim of this PhD scholarship is to examine selected aspects, such as communicative quality, content, text structure, language use, spelling and punctuation, and use of analogue or digital media for writing, of pupils' writing skills in the 4th and 5th grades. The Ph.D. candidate is encouraged to link quality criteria like these to the quality of the pupils’ previous ECEC and home environment. The data collected from the schools will be analogue and digital texts written in various subjects. However, the PhD candidate can collect data herself/himself, provided it is limited to the project's existing selection of pupils.
Contact person: Margareth Sandvik, email@example.com, 67237509.
The aim of this PhD position is to investigate the significance of the home environment and the quality of the ECEC for children’s further development in the school (4th and 5th grade). National and international studies show that there are quite large differences in reading and arithmetic skills among Norwegian children. It is therefore important to gain more knowledge about what contributes to the development of pupils' reading and numeracy skills. International studies show that the quality of ECEC is one important factor for the development of later academic skills. In this study, a selection of children from kindergarten through the 5th grade of primary school is followed. There is already information about the quality of the ECEC, language tests of the children at 3 and 5 years, as well as how the children and their parents perceived the quality of the ECEC at kindergarten age. During the project, information about what characterizes these children's reading and arithmetic skills in 4th and 5th grade will be gathered. The data from the schools will consist of an arithmetic test, a word chain tests, the national mapping tests and national tests in reading and arithmetic.
Contact persons: Ove Edvard Hatlevik, firstname.lastname@example.org or Elin Kirsti Lie Reikerås, email@example.com, 51833451.
Read about the Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education here and the Research groups SAMBA eller Research and Development Work on the Lower Primary Level With a Focus on Initial Education.
Oslo Metropolitan University strives to ensure that our employees reflect the diversity of the population of the region. We work continuously to further develop Oslo Metropolitan University as an inclusive workplace, and to adapt the workplace if required. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, also those who have experienced periods without work, education or training.
For more information about the position, please contact:
For more information about the BeProS study or access to the project description, please contact the leader of the project:
The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, PhD and position code 1017. State salary wage scale 54, 479 600 NOK per year.
In order to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
An expert committee will assess applicants. The following documents must be uploaded with your application by the final date for applications:
All of these documents must be uploaded. Original documents must be presented if you are invited for an interview. Oslo Metrpolitan University performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.
If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.Continue reading
|Title||PhD Fellowship in Better Provision for Norway’s Children from Early Childhood Education and Care through Primary School [BeProS]|
|Employer||OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University|
|Job location||Pilestredet 46, 0130 Oslo|
|Published||September 10, 2020|
|Application deadline||November 5, 2020|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Pre-school Education,   Primary Education,   Teacher Education,   Educational Psychology  |