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Cultures in cultural subjects

An intercultural and transnational curriculum in the classroom? 
A research and development project concerning to which extend the humanistic school subjects are tinted and shaped by migration and “cultural differences” in the classroom. Project period: August 1 2008 – August 1 2009
Head of project: Lecturer Mette Buchardt 
Financial support from the City of Copenhagen.


The research project aims to study how ethnic differences in education contribute to the diverging prospects for minority ethnic youth and their peers in urban settings. It is a comparative endeavour involving nine countries from among old and new member states of the European Union, including Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. EDUMIGROM will explore how far existing educational policies, practices and experiences in markedly different welfare regimes protect minority ethnic youth against marginalization and eventual social exclusion. Project period: March 1 2008 – March 1 2011. Participants in the Danish part: Associate professor Bolette Moldenhawer (head of research) and Tina Kallehave.

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The rationale of the future between planning and cannonisation

Cultural historical assumptions about the individual and the future in Danish school pedagogy 1945-2008
Project period: September 2008 – August 2011
The project is financed by a grant from the Danish Research Council for Culture and Communication. Head of research: PhD, Assistant professor Trine Øland.

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Work environment among staff with immigrant background in small businesses.

Care professions in transition

A study of progress in identity formation, types of knowledge and learning processes concerning provision of care in a female reproductive education in the encounter with academia (professional bachelor education) classes 2002 to 2006 compared with a study of progress of student nurses classes 1987 to 1990.
The project is in the publication and dissemination phase including a presentation entitled “Care Professions under change” at the International Council of Nurses´ world conference in Durban, South Africa, June 27 2009, and scientific articles for publication in “Uddannelsesnyt” (Education News) which is published by FSUS (Professional Association of Teaching Nurses) 

Funding: The Danish Working Environment Research Fund. Financed in part by Metropolitan University College.

Head of research: Associate professor Tine Rask Eriksen and Tina Kallehave. Staff: Marianne Krogsgaard Pedersen, Dorte Samson, Helle Vedsegaard and Lisbeth Vinberg. 

A comparative study of progress in medical school

The formation of qualifications and identity through training and beyond in the medical profession, classes 1992-1998 and 2006.
The purpose of the project is to uncover and compare the formation of qualifications and identity for the medical profession through studies of two courses of studies, one in 1992 and one in 2006. Also the project aims to examine if and how the students’ social, cultural and gendered backgrounds and their ideas of what being a doctor means are unfolded during the course of their studies.

Head of project: Associate professor Tine Rask Eriksen. Staff: Marianne Brodersen, September 1 – December 1 2009.

Funding: Department of Media, Cognition and Communication

The project is a part of the larger project: From student to graduate. A study of progress from 2006 to 2016 in students’ study habits at Health Sciences, Psychology and Humanities, which is carried out in collaboration with Associate professor Birgit Petterson and Professor Gritty Mirdal. 
Both of the projects are part of: Understanding Women in Universities around the Globe (director: Associate professor Bente Rosenbeck), which is part of the joint research programme: IARU, International Alliance of Research Universities through the International Office at the University of Copenhagen

EU projects: PUR and ITAKA

PUR: The political discourse highlights innovation and learning throughout the range from “the learning organisation” to lifelong learning. This span is a challenge for educational research. An additional challenge is the political reforms demanding professionalisation of organisational and educational development.

The purpose of PUR is to develop the empirical analysis of the political and educational discourses and their penetration into educational practice. PUR links with national and international projects, concerning all levels of the educational system and learning contexts. 
ITAKA: The political and academical context is the outset for case studies of IT-based learning environments and the integration of new media at the university and in teaching practices. Analysis of the IT-based medias and the practical consequences for the process of teaching, learning and evaluation will be the focal points of this project. The case studies will be composed of mapping the area, material collections, observations and interviews in relation to three levels:

1) The university management level - The faculty level 
2) The colleague/teacher level 
3) The teaching and learning practice level

Head of the Danish parts of the projects: Professor Karen Borgnakke.

Governance in pedagogical work

Between international constructions of knowledge and local opinion formation. 
The project concerns pedagogical teaching plans in day-care facilities. Project period: March 2005 – September 2010
The project is financed by a grant from the Danish Research Council for Culture and Communication. Head of research: Associate professor Peter Østergaard Andersen Staff: PhD student Maja Plum.

Valuation of language

When words get meaning
The project examines how the introduction of a national evaluation of the language of the three-years-old effect the level of evaluation and documentation within the field of the day-care institutions. Project period: February 2009 – January 2012. Grant: The Danish National Federation of Early Childhood Teachers and Youth Educators (BUPL). Head of research: Associate professor Peter Østergaard Andersen Staff: PhD student Lene Skytthe Kaarsberg Schmidt.