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As part of an integrated research project (in collaboration with the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences/ERCOMER of Utrecht University) and funded by the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO-PROO), the Department of Education at Utrecht University offers a PhD position in Educational Sciences/Educational Psychology. The project aims to understand, by means of repeated classroom observations and sociometric measures, how teachers’ everyday classroom behaviors in primary schools affect students’ classroom and societal citizenship.
Dutch schools increasingly serve students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and thus have the opportunity to foster democratic citizenship. We expect that, next to explicit curricula, teachers’ everyday classroom behaviours have a critical impact on students’ citizenship and that “good” classroom citizenship promotes “good” societal citizenship.
This project combines (extended) contact theory with social referencing theory to examine how teachers’ daily classroom interactions with children of different ethnicities affect the democratic nature of the peer ecology and students more general citizenship attitudes. We investigate commitment (i.e., feelings of belonging and willingness to invest in the group) and acceptance (i.e., liking versus disliking and tolerating others) as two core aspects of democratic citizenship. The proposed study has a three-wave longitudinal design covering one school year (+/- 70 classes, grade 6-7 primary school) and uses intensive classroom observations, self-report, and sociometric measures.
The PhD position will be for an initial period of one year starting June-Sept 2019 (depending on the availability of the candidate) with an extension of three years after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility for 1.0 FTE. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis within four years. A 0.8 FTE for 5 years is also an option. The gross monthly salary starts with €2,325 in the first year and increases to €2,972 in the fourth year (scale P of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities) of employment with a full-time appointment.
In addition, we offer attractive and flexible secondary terms of employment such as an annual holiday pay of 8%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year and partially paid parental leave. Finally, we also provide an attractive working environment and a vibrant research climate. More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.
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