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Joined-up Science: A Natural Philosophical Approach to Science Teaching

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Tonie Stolberg
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This project will look at developing teaching approaches that encourage students to appreciate the value gained from expressing views and opinions informed by scientific knowledge and understanding.

To ensure that students are given the opportunity to live with scientific principles and concepts long enough for them to become their own, science education must help students to join-up their experiences and become part of a wider, person-centered, meaning-making enterprise. The implications of not developing such a natural philosophical approach to science education may be to confirm a student’s antipathy to science, that science cannot ‘speak to them’ as it bears no relevance to their own situation or deeply-held beliefs and nullify, in any meaningful sense, attempts to improve levels of scientific literacy.

Succesful applicants will have experience of teaching in the secondary age-phase and have, ideally, a first degree in a scientific discipline, or its equivalent.

Education PhD
A PhD requires a minimum period of study as a registered student of normally three years full-time or six years part-time. The PhD is by thesis only, and is examined by a work of 80,000 words maximum and an oral examination. Postgraduate researchers are required to complete the research training programme, normally in the first two years of registration. One to one supervision is provided throughout the length of the formal registration. Postgraduate researchers who are involved in similar areas may also have some group supervision.
To find out more details and to apply online view the Education PhD webpage http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/postgraduate/research/edu/education.aspx

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Funding Notes

There is no funding specifically linked to this project.

Where applicable, applicants will be supported to apply for ESRC, AHRC or University of Birmingham studentships or bursaries. Information about studentships in Education is available here: www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/education/scholarships/index.aspx

You can search all sources of potential funding using our Postgraduate Funding Database: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding


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