Research fellow in Norwegian as a second language from a didactic perspective

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
July 05 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Faculty of Education and Natural Sciences is currently looking to recruit a temporary 100% research fellow in Norwegian as a second language from a didactic perspective.


It is a prerequisite that the candidate qualifies for admission to the university's PhD programme on Teaching and Teacher Education, and that the doctoral education is carried out within this programme.


The position will be vacant from 1 January 2018 (with the possibility of a later appointment, by agreement), and the research period is three years. The position falls under the Department of Humanities, and the candidate will be based in Hamar. Doctoral education requires active participation in a research community (read "About the academic and research environment" below).


General information about the doctoral programme on Teaching and Teacher Education

The general objective of INN University's PhD programme on Teaching and Teacher Education is to help strengthen the academic knowledge base of both teacher education and of professional practice in schools, preschools, and other learning contexts such as schools of music and the performing arts. Teacher education is a central area of vocational study at INN University. The integrated teacher education programmes - for preschool teachers, primary and secondary school teachers, as well as specialist teachers - are the primary focus of the doctoral programme. These teacher education courses are characterised by strong relationships between academic fields, didactics, pedagogy and practice as well as interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary dimensions across fields and subject areas.


The academic and research environment supporting the doctoral programme with supervision and research training comprises a number of professors and associate professors working within the relevant academic fields. There are at least 15 fellows enrolled on the programme at any given time. The programme currently has more than 30 research fellows.


For more information about the doctoral programme, please visit or contact Petter Dyndahl, head of the PhD programme, tel. 62 51 76 98 or 416 44 705, email:


Eligibility requirements

To be accepted to the doctoral programme, applicants must normally have:

A. Teacher education and a Master's degree (major) in Nordic or English literature and/or language, comparative literature, linguistics, Norwegian as a second language, music, pedagogy, or a Master's degree in digital communication and culture


B. A Master's degree (major) in pedagogy or didactics (with specialisation in Norwegian, English or music), a Master's degree in adapted learning or a Master's degree in didactics in the arts and languages

The applicant must have a strong academic background. For applicants with qualifications from a Norwegian institute of education, the weighted average grade of the Master's degree should normally be a B or above. In cases where some or all of the courses taken are awarded a pass/fail grade, applicants may be admitted subject to evaluation on an individual basis.

Applicants who do not have a degree in teacher education or who have Masters degrees (major) in subjects other than those normally stipulated for admission to the programme may be accepted following special assessment. The same may apply to applicants whose grades do not meet the normal requirements for admission. These applicants must provide evidence to indicate that it is highly likely they will be capable of completing doctoral studies.


About the research field and content of the fellowship

Didactic research in Norwegian as a second language concerns how those with a native language other than Norwegian, who grow up or settle in Norway, learn and use Norwegian as part of their multilingual practice, and how teachers instruct and facilitate in order to strengthen this learning. A doctoral project in this field of study may be conducted from several angles. For all levels in the educational system (kindergarten, compulsory education, and adult education), the core didactic themes of literacy education/development, working with vocabulary, assessment practices and second language education, form part of a multilingual education. Different contexts for language learning and the linguistic practices of these contexts are also topics that can be adapted to kindergarten (e.g. language in play and learning), school (Norwegian as a tool for learning in the different subjects) and adult education (work-related Norwegian). In the research of second-language didactics at INN University the study of teacher perceptions and didactic practices run as a common thread through several of the projects. The connection between teacher perceptions, teaching practices, and pupil development and learning will thus also be a fruitful angle for a doctoral project, which is clearly supported by the work of the university's research environment. At the same time, it fits the profile of the university's PhD programme on profession-based teacher education.


Project description and application for admission

Based on the description of the research field and content of the fellowship, applicants must submit a project proposal, including a plan of progress explaining how the research work will be carried out, as well as the theoretical and methodological framework that will potentially be used. The project description, including the reference list, shall not exceed five pages. The page format shall be A4 with 2cm margins, 11-point font (Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman) and single line spacing. For the reference list and any image text, 9-point font may be used. The project description may be written in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or English. The academic quality of the project description will play a major role in shortlisting candidates for interview.

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