Postdoc Job is available for doctoral degree candidates in psychology, education or anthropology at Department of Educational Psychology, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark 2022
Department of Educational Psychology
Aarhus University, Nordre Ringgade, Aarhus C, Denmark
The successful applicant for the postdoctoral position must have a PhD or equivalent qualifications in psychology, education or anthropology (or a related field). Applicants must be able to document:
- Experience of participatory research methodology
- Excellent English writing skills.
It is an advantage if applicants can also document prior professional experience in and/or knowledge of:
- Sustainability and education
- Embodied education
- Developmental psychology
- Relational care ethics
- Professional development.
Due to the nature of the research methodology, the applicant must be able to publish in English as well as working in close collaboration with professional practitioners in Danish.
The Department of Educational Psychology at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the research project: Green Transition and World-Care in Early Childhood Education and Care.
The postdoc position is full time (37 hours a week) and is expected to begin on 1 January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter, and to end 30 months later on 30 June 2025. The position is based at DPU Copenhagen Campus. The Danish School of Education is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their personal background.
The research context
The overall project investigates the challenges of the green transition and sustainability as a new pedagogical task in early childhood education and care (ECEC). In this project we address these challenges as a question of developing and practising world-care. The project is financed by the Danish Research Council (FKK), See more details at:https://dpu.au.dk/om-dpu/nyheder/nyhed/artikel/dagtilbud-skal-skabe-verdensomsorg The guiding research questions are:1) How can we encourage and foster a caring attitude towards the non-human world, including biodiversity and sustainability, without overburdening young children with eco-anxiety and a sense of powerlessness?2) What narratives of nature and the human-natural environment relationship (incl. sustainability and green transformation) are 2-5 year-old children introduced to in ECEC by professionals, parents and cultural products (like books, film and programs directed at children)?3) What professional resources are needed to provide better world-care in ECEC?
The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with the project team at DPU, consisting of Associate Professor Ditte Winther-Lindqvist (the PI), Associate Professor Anne Maj Nielsen and Associate Professor Dorte Kousholt, and also in close collaboration with pedagogical practitioners in the project’s ECEC institutions. Apart from empirical investigation, analysis and dissemination in relevant international journals, the postdoc is expected to take part in coordinating the project on a daily basis with the PI. The methods used are qualitative and participatory, focusing on professional development through the method of research circles and ethnographic fieldwork. The theoretical sources of inspiration comprise phenomenological, cultural-historical, developmental, ethical and dialectical approaches to children’s being and becoming through participation in pedagogical activities and relationships in ECEC.
The postdoctoral project will contribute various points of focus to the overall research agenda. One of the tasks in the fieldwork is to identify the cultural and symbolic resources involved in addressing sustainability and world-care in ECEC. In combination with participatory research through research circle work and workshops with management and practitioners, the project investigates the way in which professionals perceive the task of creating more sustainable habits and routines in their practice and how they receive and understand this as an effort of taking care of the world (world-care) together with children. The postdoc will document and analyse the way in which understandings of the human-non-human environment relationship are communicated to children, and what characterise this pedagogy. These issues are explored in research circles and in daily practices, which in turn give rise to locally situated initiatives for change and for continuing or breaking habits in ECEC. This includes the analysis of practices in ordinary activity settings (mealtimes, circle-time, play time), and of the ways in which sustainability and the green transition are present in these situations. However, in pedagogical projects, children’s books and popular culture about nature children are also exposed to narratives about nature, human and non-human relationships and sustainability which strongly influence their appreciation and understanding of these phenomena. The postdoc will identify and analyse the ways in which nature, living beings and the environment are understood by professionals – and how they are communicated to children in pedagogy and cultural products in ECEC.
The successful applicant for the postdoc position will be expected to contribute substantially to the research project by taking part in theoretical and conceptual development within the field, and to work independently and in close collaboration with the senior researchers. Applicants are therefore encouraged to suggest a research plan as part of their application
How to Apply?
Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 9289
Basic documents required for the application
About the Department/Section/Group
About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU), Denmark
Note or Other details
For further information about the position, please contact the PI, Ditte Winther-Lindqvist. email: [email protected]