The Center for the History of Education (CHE), which is part of the Research Unit Education, Culture and Society, aims to investigate the historical development of pedagogical concepts, ideas and education systems. The research at the CHE uses various conceptual, theoretical and methodological lenses to study the educational past, and relies on a wide range of historical source materials, such as oral histories, visual sources, written archivalia, as well as published sources, such as textbooks and the pedagogical press. Furthermore, the CHE critically reflects upon the relationship between the educational past and history-writing, as well as the relevance of a historical approach in view of contemporary debates about education.Website unit
Starting from the contemporary problematization of ‘attention deficit’ (ADHD) in educational contexts, this project aims to investigate how the concept of attention evolved historically in philosophies of teaching. More specifically, the PhD candidate will study conceptualizations of attention in the education and teaching beliefs of primary school teachers, school inspectors and teacher trainers, between 1842 and 1980. Rather than adopting a theoretical or institutional lens, this project focuses on the key historical actors that helped shaping educational practice ‘at the chalk face’. In doing so, this project aims to provide a pathway to a deeper understanding of processes of scientization, in general, and psychologization, in particular, in Belgian primary schooling in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Belgian educational landscape that is characterized by particular ideological and linguistic-regional tension lines, serves as a case-study to investigate the factors (such as the strong position of the Roman Catholic Church in education and in society, at large) that influenced the proliferation of psychological concepts in the field of primary education. Methodologically, this project combines a systematic literature review of the international, theoretical and historical scholarship on processes of scientization and psychologization (in education, in particular), with an empirical study of published source materials (such as the pedagogical press), and archival sources (such as inspection reports). As the PhD Candidate will partly rely on digitized sources, the research project also includes a study into the possibilities and techniques of digital history.
- You combine an interest in the field of education, with a passion for and interest in historical research
- You have obtained a Master’s degree in the fields of Educational Sciences/Studies, History, Psychology or any related field that has a strong cultural-historical focus. Master’s students that will obtain their degree between the application deadline and the start of the appointment in September 2021 may also apply.
- You demonstrate academic and research skills (such as experience with academic writing)
- Affinity with and knowledge of the field of Digital History/Digital Humanities is considered an asset
- In order to conduct the empirical source study, you need to have good language skills in French, Dutch and English.
- You are open to an research stay abroad
- You develop a strong academic publication record, and are prepared to communicate broadly about your research (e.g. via popularizing articles, on social media, …)
- You are open to combine your PhD research with teaching assignments and to support the education and research activities of the Research Unit, in general
- You are a team player and aim to actively engage with other researchers within the Research Unit, for instance by attending its (weekly) research and teaching activities
We offer a four-year PhD scholarship, financed by the Fund Scientific Research (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, FWO), in a stimulating and supportive research environment.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Sarah Van Ruyskensvelde, tel.: +32 16 32 62 87, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Prof. dr. Stefan Ramaekers, tel.: +32 16 32 62 18, mail: email@example.com.
Candidates are invited to submit their application in either English, Dutch or French no later than Monday August 16, 2021.
Your application should contain at least the following documents: – A detailed curriculum vitae (including information about the obtained degrees throughout your educational trajectory) – A motivation letter that demonstrates your skills as a researcher (m/f/x), and explains your interest in this topic and in pursuing a PhD degree about this particular topic – A research plan of max. 3 pages, in which you draw a concrete research plan, and discuss how you would design your study – The contact details of at least two references (including a short description of your relationship with this person)
Short-listed candidates will receive an invitation for an interview end of August, and will be asked to prepare a short assignment or presentation. The interviews will be organized during the first half of September. The final decision will follow as soon as possible after the interviews.
You can apply for this job no later than August 16, 2021 via the online application toolKU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.