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As part of an integrated research project (in collaboration with Maastricht 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 unravel, by means of eye tracking and think-aloud research, followed up with experimental interventions, how students can improve their self-regulatory abilities when learning from text.
Students’ monitoring and regulation of their learning from expository text is poor, hindering achievement. The root of this problem lies in students’ reliance on superficial information (‘cues’) during monitoring, instead on cues that are truly diagnostic of their understanding (e.g., whether students can explain the causal relations in a text). Interventions to generate more diagnostic cues (e.g., drawing a causal diagram) have been shown to enhance monitoring and regulation somewhat, but leave substantial room for improvement. To further improve students’ monitoring and regulation, students’ actual utilization of diagnostic cues should be promoted.
The objectives for the PhD-project are twofold: (1) unravelling students’ cue-utilization, and (2) translating this into a cue-utilization intervention and testing whether directly telling students what cues to use and/or indirectly pushing (‘nudging’) students towards using such cues (in a fixed or adaptive way) improves monitoring and regulation. As a PhD student, you will be responsible for conducting several studies (including one observational/correlational study and several experimental studies) with secondary school students to reach the objectives.
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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