University of Copenhagen
OverviewThe Department of Science Education was established in 2007, and is positioned under the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen. It is organised into seven research groups, including the groups on Assessment, Teaching and Learning in Science Education, Science Education in Out-of-School Settings, and Didactics of ICT in Science Education. It is the largest science education research unit in Denmark.
The Department’s mission is to make original research-based contributions to the improvement of science education and science teaching. At the Department level, we are an attractive research and teaching environment where the numerous competencies of all our staff members are put to use in professional, productive, fruitful and pleasant collaboration. At the Faculty level, we are a substantive contributing partner to the other academic disciplines within the Faculty. At the University level, we ensure constructive and forward-looking implementation of educational efforts of the University through close cooperation with the other pedagogical units y. At the National level, we are a national focal point of science education, university pedagogics, and philosophy of science as well as the interactions among these, thus decisively influencing decisions about science education in Denmark. Finally, at the International level, we utilize international cooperation with our diversity, to make inspiring and original contributions to international research, and to attract international faculty as well as MSc and PhD students.
The Department of Science Education contributes significantly to pedagogical and didactic development throughout the Faculty of Science and at the University. Its faculty trains future secondary school science teachers as well as science communicators in disciplinary didactics, science communication, and science studies. It collaborates with numerous entities across the educational sector, including the Danish Ministry of Education, to develop innovative and user-friendly science education at all levels. Finally, the Department contributes to out-of-school science education via both research and teaching. These activities involve close, on-going relationships and project collaborations with Danish science centres, science museums (two of which are part of the University of Copenhagen) and other out-of-school science environments.
- Achiam Marriane – CONTACT PERSON
Relevant PublicationsAchiam M & Nielsen JA (2016). Attention to content: Some lessons from school-oriented education research. In Avraamidou & Roth (Eds.), Intersections of formal and informal science (pp. 33-40). New York: Routledge.
Achiam M (2013). A content-oriented model for science exhibit engineering. International Journal of Science Education, Part B 3(3), 214-232.
Evans RH (2014). Cultural effects on self-efficacy beliefs. In Evans, Luft, Czerniak, & Pea (Eds.), The role of science teachers’ beliefs in international classrooms: From teacher actions to student learning (pp. 35-48). Rotterdam: SensePublishers.
Mathiasen, H (2015). Net-based environments: Creating conditions for communication. In Fossland; Mathiasen; Solberg (ed): Bildung in Net-based Higher Education: Moving beyond learning. London: Routledge, s. 19-27
Mathiasen H & Schrum L (2008). Web 2.0 and social software: Challenges and complexity of communication in education. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science: HCI and Usability for Education and Work. Berlin: Springer, s. 97-113.