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Higher Education Research Unit

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Higher Education Research Unit (HERU) works from a practice based and practice oriented research approach, and its main areas of research include learning and teaching, curriculum theory and curricular practices, student centred learning and metacognition, supervision and mentoring, and educational philosophy, all within the higher education context. These areas include all levels of higher education (Bachelor, Master, and PhD) and they include also the focus on the transition from upper secondary school to higher education and the transition from higher and doctoral education to the job market and future career trajectories.
The work of the research unit is especially motivated by governmental reforms concerning quality and time management in higher education including the study progress reform and reforms for enhancing the quality of higher education. Students, teachers, supervisors, and intellectual leaders face the challenges of enhancing the quality of learning and teaching and at the same time ensure timely completion during a time where enrolment rates at the Danish universities are increasing still.
The goals of Higher Education Research Unit (HERU) are to conduct research into the learning and teaching practices within higher education with the aim of informing and enhancing the educational quality for students, teachers, supervisors, intellectual leaders, and academic communities.
These goals include:
• Identify the ways governmental reforms influence higher education learning and teaching practices, research communities, and intellectual leadership.
• Study how such influences implicate changes and transformations in student learning trajectories and identity formation.
• Study how such influences implicate changes and transformations in teaching and supervision approaches, norms, habits, and professionalism.
• Explore how the institutional demands and guidelines for implementation and integration of digital technologies support and challenge learning and teaching practices, and how students and teachers understand and react towards such implementation practices.
• Examine, reflect and discuss how the idea of the university and higher education changes due to governmental and institutional strategies, and what roles and responsibilities are assigned to, and claimed by, universities and institutions for higher education today.
Higher Education Research Unit (HERU) is engaged in research springing from the following research questions:
• How is doctoral supervision and doctoral learning performed and experienced within the changed institutional reality of Graduate Schools and Doctoral Schools within Scandinavia and the UK?
• What forms of formal, informal, and non-formal supports systems do doctoral students draw from during their doctoral journey, and how does this effect their relation to their supervisors and broader researcher community?
• What changes in societal role and responsibility may be detected for universities and institutions for higher education today, and how does this change the idea and understanding of the university?
• How is it possible to measure and develop metacommunicative teaching and learning environment in HE?
• What is the role of communication in the relation of teaching and learning?
Effective start/end date02/10/2017 → …

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