Consortium for language and subject matter didactics in primary and lower secondary school – University of Copenhagen

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Consortium for language and subject matter didactics in primary and lower secondary school

About the Consortium

The Consortium was established in 2013 and consists of the University of Copenhagen (Faculty of Humanities, HUM), University College UCC and University College Metropol. Furthermore, VIA University Collage (VIA) is affiliated with the Consortium as an associate partner.

The Consortium focuses on language (Danish, Danish as a second language, German, French, and English) and the didactics of language studies. This focus is founded in the need to strengthen the language teaching in primary and lower secondary school, to ensure that students are better equipped for a globalised world. The effort to improve language studies will qualify the students for the transition from primary and lower secondary school to vocational and/or academically-oriented youth education, just as the Consortium seeks to support and improve the transition from studying a professional bachelor at a university college to studying a Master’s programme at a university.

The Consortium provides a joint platform for research-based knowledge of language and subject matter didactics put to practical use. The Consortium’s work with subject matter didactics relates primarily to language studies but can, in the long-term, be applied to teaching and learning in other relevant humanity subjects as well as to science subjects, including mathematics. This, however, will require a new collaboration agreement and joint coordination of existing academic collaboration.

The Consortium has a specific focus on evaluative follow-up research, which creates a solid platform for engaging collaborations with relevant external stakeholders (public authorities, NGOs, enterprises/companies etc.).

The Consortium, furthermore, intends to incorporate international education and research communities to ensure that the national educational research and practice more consistently incorporates and builds upon international knowledge.

Goal

The objectives of the Consortium are:

  • To strengthen knowledge about language and didactics by building a shared research capacity;
  • To provide new knowledge about language and subject matter didactics that strengthens  basic education and results in new teaching methods, as well as creates more and new supplementary and further educational offers;
  • To strengthen already existing initiatives and develop new collaborations with international education and research communities to ensure that the national educational research and practice more consistently incorporates and builds upon international knowledge;
  • To establish a professional environment for language and subject matter didactics where the research results from the Consortium are regularly communicated to relevant national and international education and research communities as well as external stakeholders.

Organisation

The Consortium’s work with language and subject matter didactics is based in the university’s and the university colleges’ research and knowledge communities. The research and knowledge communities will be represented by the expert group. The expert group refers to the steering group consisting of management representatives from the participating institutions.

The expert group and the steering group will receive administrative support according to agreement between the institutions.

Organisational chart

Themes and priority areas

Themes are listed in a non-preferential order:

  • digitalisation within language studies: Use of new media and resources in language teaching
  • the intercultural aspect of language studies
  • language didactics
  • early language learning
  • CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning)
  • “application orientation” in the educational practice
  • teacher cognition.

Internationalisation

In order to ensure focused involvement of and exchange with international knowledge, the Consortium has adopted an internationalisation strategy.

Knowledge transfer

For an exchange of knowledge between the national and international research communities, the following initiatives will be  set up:

  • Series of lectures and seminars by guest lecturers (national and international);
  • International exchange programmes;
  • Establishment of an international research network.

International collaborations

The Consortium collaborates with for example:

  • University of Toronto: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
  • Cardiff University: Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR)
  • Swansea University: College of Arts and Humanities
  • Stockholm University: Department of Language Education.

Dialogue and research communication

The Consortium wishes to ensure sharing and communication of obtained knowledge, thus contributing to strengthened professional dialogue. Consequently, the communication initiatives below will be set up following the work of the Consortium.

  • Setting up a website for the Consortium (Danish and English)
  • On-going dialogue with national and international education and research communities as well as external stakeholders
  • Conferences, seminars etc.
  • Developing and providing new supplementary and further educational offers.

Contact

For more information about the Consortium, please contact Associate Dean Jens Erik Mogensen (prodekan@hum.ku.dk/ tel. +45 28 75 84 06) or Dorthe Vejen Hansen (dvh@hum.ku.dk/ tel. +45 51 30 17 28).