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PhD position in TYF-project Scientific thinking in interaction with reading comprehension in an online learning context

Summary of the project Knowledge regarding physics of students in Dutch prevocational secondary schools shows a downward trend according to recent PISA- …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

Summary of the project

Knowledge regarding physics of students in Dutch prevocational secondary schools shows a downward trend according to recent PISA-results. Furthermore, these students have low reading comprehension abilities, making it complicated to gain knowledge from textbooks used in schools. By doing experiments, accompanying texts can be processed in a more interactive and meaningful way. In the current project, we aim to implement online virtual laboratories with scaffolds to support reading comprehension in the mostly used physics methods (Nova) in secondary schools. In the project, we work closely together with schools, and a publisher. The project consists of experimental studies using eye-tracking and retrospective think-aloud to examine online learning behavior. Intervention studies focus on improving online learning behavior and examine the effects of the integrated (reading and experimenting) method on domain specific knowledge and motivation for physics.

As a PhD candidate in this project, your job is to:

  • Design and conduct the studies as described above.
  • Work in close collaboration with researchers and practitioners in the project team.
  • Present findings for a scientific and a non-scientific audience.
  • Report findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals, research reports, and finalise a dissertation.
  • Participate in the doctoral program of the Twente Graduate School (30 EC).

Functie-eisen

Your application should include the following documents:

  • a cover letter (in English or Dutch) which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for it;
  • a curriculum vitae which also includes the name and e-mail address/telephone number for (preferably) two or more references;
  • a copy of your master's thesis or, if it is not yet available, a summary and table of contents of the thesis and an additional writing piece.


INFORMATION AND APPLICATION


Submit your application online (via the “Apply now’ button) before June 5, 2020.

Interviews will be held on June 12, 2020. The starting date for the position is September 2020.

For additional information about this position, or to receive the full text of the proposal you can contact prof. Eliane Segers (p.c.j.segers@utwente.nl).

  • A Research Master’s degree in Educational Science, Behavioural Science, Educational Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or another relevant study.
  • Affinity with science education at a secondary school level.
  • Broad experience with quantitative research.
  • Outstanding methodological and analytical qualities, and experience with collecting and analysing data. Eye-tracking experience is an advantage.
  • Excellent oral and writing skills in Dutch (minimum B2-level) and English (minimum C1-level).
  • Organisational talent, accompanied by independence and perseverance.
  • Affinity with and understanding of the target group of children with developmental language disorders.
  • An independent, flexible and proactive work style.
  • An affinity for challenges.


About the department

The department of Instructional Technology (IST) specializes in knowledge acquisition. This includes the cognitive processes of developing and using knowledge and skills, as well as the design of instructional support to facilitate these processes. The department plays a prominent role in (inter)national research on learning and instruction. Staff members participate in the ICO research school (the Interuniversity Centre of Educational Sciences) and the Twente Graduate School.

Conditions

A 4 year fulltime PhD position at the University of Twente (starting date September 1st, 2020), with a qualifier after 1 year. In accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities, the monthly salary starts at € 2.325,- gross per month in the first year, leading up to € 2.972,- gross per month in the last year. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.

We offer excellent auxiliary terms of employment, such as professional and personal development programs; a secondary remuneration package; a dynamic environment with enthusiastic colleagues; an organization focusing on internationalization and a high degree of responsibility and independence.

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