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Doctoral candidates (f/m) in Computer-Based Assessment and Psychometrics, Cognitive Psychology and Educational Assessment
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Université du LuxembourgLuxemburg
Doctoral candidates in Computer-Based Assessment and Psychometrics, Cognitive Psychology and Educational Assessment
A group of researchers of the Research Unit "Education, Culture, Cognition and Society" (ECCS) and of the Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing (LUCET) at the University of Luxembourg (UL) has obtained a grant for the interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Unit CALIDIE (Capitalising on Linguistic Diversity in Education). The doctoral programme CALIDIE is funded in the frame of the PRIDE scheme of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). In the research axes ‘Language Learning and Achievement‘ and ‘Language and STEM Learning‘ the DTU CALIDIE offers
3 positions for Doctoral candidates in Computer-Based Assessment and Psychometrics, Cognitive Psychology and Educational Measurement (m/f)
Indicative starting date: 15 January 2017
Duration: 14-months initial contract, extendable up to 3 years, further extendable by 1 year if required, 40 hours/week
Paid position, student status
Deadline for applications: 20 November 2016
Conduct research under the guidance of a supervisory team including local Luxembourgish and international experts, with the aim of studying towards a PhD in Cognitive Science or Psychology
Publish research results and present them at conferences, workshops, etc.
Possibility to teach up to 60 hours per year
Master‘s Degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or related disciplines of high quality. It is possible to apply if the respective degree is to be obtained soon (details to be given in the application).
Good command of written and spoken English and at least one of the other official languages of the UL, French or German
Willingness to integrate in an interdisciplinary and multilingual research team PhD Projects and Supervisors
A-1: PhD Position in Computer-Based Assessment and Psychometrics
Exploring innovative directions in the computer-based assessment (CBA) of language competency
Concerning the optimisation of quantitative measurement instruments, the PhD project will start by revisiting existing, and developing new computer-based assessment instruments to combine a partly existing, and partly newly developed set of CBA instruments that targets students‘ language capacity in multiple languages. These instruments will be implemented within the Luxembourg school monitoring programme. On the basis of the resulting data set, the project will focus on investigating which specific test-taking behaviours in the language assessment drive test performances. Our aim is to better understand how performance differences in overall language competence between multilingual and monolingual students evolve against the backdrop of specific actions and to which specific actions this performance difference can be attributed.
Research areas: Psychology, Assessment & Psychometrics, Educational studies
Required languages: English, German
Supervisor: Associate Professor Samuel Greiff
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; for the CBA group‘s work: facebook.com/21cba
A-2: PhD Position in Cognitive Psychology and Educational Measurement
Interaction between language of instruction and language proficiency in science education Despite the intriguing finding that insufficient language proficiency is particularly detrimental to learning processes in science, Content and language integrated learning research (CLIL) has rarely addressed the question of potential learning deficits generated when scientific content has to be acquired through an insufficiently mastered language of instruction. The PhD project will address this question directly in the educational context of Luxembourg imposing a change of the language of instruction onto a large proportion of pupils in the middle of their secondary school career and ask the question of the costs and benefits of such a curricular strategy. The project will clarify whether there exist threshold effects in the relation between language proficiency and science learning or whether the relationship is linear. In order to address this question, the project should combine an experimental approach with the implementation of science learning classes in different languages of instruction with the rich data on student learning that is available through the Luxembourgish school monitoring (Épreuves Standardisées).
Research areas: Psychology, Assessment & Psychometrics, Educational Studies
Required languages: English, German, French
Supervisor: Professor Romain Martin
A-3: PhD Position in Cognitive Psychology
The influence of the instruction language on mathematics in a multilingual educational setting
Research has shown that students who are part of a multilingual school system are able to correctly solve very basic mathematical tasks in two languages. However, the tasks are solved differently based on the characteristics of the target language. For more language laden numerical tasks, students and even proficient multilingual adults continue to solve the tasks more accurately and faster in the first introduced language of instruction compared to the second language of instruction for mathematics. The PhD project will analyse the (dis)advantages of the continual use of the same language of instruction and the switch of the language of instruction for mathematics on numerical processing and problem solving tasks in secondary education applying an experimental methodology as well as using educational measures.
Research areas: Cognitive psychology, Educational studies
Required languages: English, German, French; Luxembourgish would be an asset
Supervisor: Dr Sonja Ugen
Curriculum vitae (please indicate language knowledge and proficiency level)
Letter of motivation for conducting PhD research in one of the above mentioned fields. The motivation letter must clearly highlight your choice of research project from the list above
Copies of diplomas, transcript of academic records with English translation
Coordinates of two persons willing to send a letter of recommendation
General questions concerning the research programme CALIDIE shall be addressed to the coordinator of the programme, Professor Adelheid Hu (email@example.com)
Scientific questions concerning the three PhD positions should be addressed to the corresponding PhD supervisor