PhD position on project 'Calibrated and in control: Improving students'
self-regulated learning' (0.8 or 1.0 FTE, 5 years)
The Department of Education at Utrecht University offers a PhD position in
Educational Sciences/Educational Psychology on the NWO Vici project of Prof.
Tamara van Gog. The project seeks to improve adolescents' self-regulated
learning of problem solving tasks (which form an important part of STEM-
curricula) by training their self-assessment and task selection skills.
Effective self-regulated learning requires students to be ‘calibrated and in
control': able to accurately assess their performance, and decide on an
appropriate next task ( control / regulate studying). However, this is
notoriously difficult, so students need instructional guidance to acquire
these skills. We have developed a highly promising ‘social learning' approach
to training self-assessment and task selection skills, and showed it improved
adolescents' self-regulated learning of problem solving tasks. In this Vici
project, we seek to further improve this training approach and test its
transferability and sustainability. This particular PhD project is focused on
improving the training and (ultimately) making it more adaptable to
individual differences among students. We will test the effects of social
context and feedback interventions aimed at further enhancing self-assessment
and task selection accuracy, taking into account students' self-efficacy and
students' affective responses to the context and feedback. This project will
be conducted in close collaboration with schools.
conducting the research (literature research, designing the experiments,
recruiting participants, pre-registering studies, collecting and analysing
data, preparing and storing data packages for sharing);
writing international scientific publications and a dissertation;
giving presentations at (inter)national scientific conferences;
actively engaging in outreach activities and disseminating findings to
educational professionals and the general public;
active participation in the local and (inter)national research team
involved in this project and in the research team of the UU Department of
following courses/training (a.o. in the context of Research School ICO,
the Interuniversity Centre for Educational Sciences and the local graduate
Teaching courses or supervising Bachelor's/Master's thesis projects (max. 0.1
FTE) can be part of the position.
You will be offered a temporary PhD position (0.8 FTE) for 5 years. The
initial appointment will be for one year, starting 1 September 2021, with an
extension of four years after a positive evaluation of capabilities and
compatibility. The appointment must result in the completion of a PhD thesis
within five years. Extending the appointment for teaching to 1.0 FTE is
negotiable. The gross salary ranges between €2,395 in the first year and
€3,061 from the fourth year of employment (scale P according to the
Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time
employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-
end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent
secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly
paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice
model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found
About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in
executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht
University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major
societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open
Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
For more information about the PhD position and the project, please contact
Prof. Tamara van Gog, via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with
a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Please upload your motivation
letter and a full curriculum vitae via the 'application' button below.
Due to the current measures regarding Covid-19, the interviews will possibly
take place online.
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