Friday, 31 July 2009

New member of the Caledonian Academy Team

Clemens Wieser will join the Caledonian Academy team on August 3, 2009. Clemens will conduct a PhD study on the role of social networks in enhancing students’ transition from education to the workplace.

Clemens obtained his Magister rer. nat. degree (equivalent to MSc) in Geography (major) and Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology (minors) at the University of Vienna in 2008. He passed his Master’s thesis titled “Student-centred teaching and its transfer problems into reallife geography teaching” with highest distinction and completed his Graduating Exam „mit Auszeichnung bestanden“ (equivalent to starred first degree).

Clemens’s research interests are in the intersection of imparting and acquisition of information. He has experience in qualitative research in teaching and didactics (Grounded Theory; hermeneutical text and data analysis) and evaluation of school pilot projects. His recent research projects included: Evaluation of a modular course system in a Viennese upper secondary school (AHS Rahlgasse, 2007); study on the impact of self-regulated and collective learning in geography school courses following Kilpatrick´s project method (2007); application of concepts of life world and everyday life in social science teaching (2008); reconstruction of teachers perceptions and strategies in „student-oriented teaching“ (2008). His further interests include Critical Theory and Frankfurt school of thought; Philosophy of education.

We warmly welcome Clemens to the Caledonian Academy and look forward to the fruitful collaboration ahead.

This 3-year study is funded by the Caledonian Academy and will be co-supervised by Dr. Isobel Falconer and Dr. Anoush Margaryan, with Prof. Allison Littlejohn as a member of the supervisory team.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Society for Research into Higher Education - newer researcher prize 2009

Karen Smith has been awarded the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) newer researcher prize 2009. Karen will use the prize money to develop work around the transformative potential of 'flying-faculty' transnational teaching experiences. In addition, Karen will sit on the SRHE's Research and Development Committee in 2010 and will be mentored by a senior higher education researcher from within the Society.

Friday, 3 July 2009

PhD Studentship - Being a Learner

Being a Learner: Dealing with ambiguity and complexity in research and knowledge work

We have secured funding for a new PhD studentship to be based at GCU. Here are the details:

We live in an increasingly complex and ambiguous world – sometimes described as supercomplex: ‘a world where nothing can be taken for granted, where no frame of understanding or of action can be entertained with any security’ (Barnett, 2000). Preparing and supporting researchers to engage effectively in such a world has become a key challenge to universities.

The proposed research will explore the attributes required and employed at transition from graduate to postgraduate and into a research-based career. This study will build on the pioneering work of the Caledonian Graduate Centre with Vitae, the Universities of Reading, Manchester and Southampton in developing a researcher’s attribute (disposition and qualities) framework for research students, researchers and research leaders which has benefits that relate to academic development.

A key feature of this research proposal is that it draws together expertise in education research from across the University. The supervisory team (Dr Colin Milligan, Professor Bonnie Steves and Professor David Smith) are specialists in learning communities, graduate researcher education and higher education policy respectively.

Applications are invited for a PhD Research Studentship within the Education Research Area at Glasgow Caledonian University. The studentship is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and provides payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of £13,900 [please note that students from outside the EU are required to pay the difference between International and EU fees, currently this would amount to £6,100 per annum]. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their research skills by contributing to other research activities in the centres for up to six hours each week.

Further details of the studentship including educational requirements and instructions for applicants are available as a PDF document: BeingALearner.pdf