PhD position- Drawing to learn in science

PhD position in Drawing to learn in science

A PhD position is available at the Department of Teacher education at NTNU. This is an educational position that shall provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD. The position is connected to the PhD-program in Educational Science at the faculty of Social and Educational Science and the faculty will be your employer.

The position is connected to the ScienceHumanities research group coordinated from the Natural science section at the Department. The research group applies perspectives from the humanities and the social sciences to the study of natural science (including science in school) as a discipline and cultural practice, past and present. Studies of cultures of text and (re)presentation of science, how the Nature of Science is taught in the classroom, students’ understanding of science, and practical experiments in science teaching are included in this. For more information, see

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to participate in a research endeavor focusing on Drawing to Learn in Science. We are interested in how drawing supports learning-to-think in science, and also how it can engage creativity for science learning.

Drawing to explore, model, represent and communicate scientific understanding and reasoning is inherent to scientific practice. The practice of drawing is intertwined with the history and nature of science in terms of how scientific knowledge is, and has been, produced and justified. When it comes to student learning, drawing has been shown to contribute to observation skill, enhanced recall, to make understanding explicit and to organize knowledge effectively, leading to deep learning. However, there is a lack of studies of how and why teachers include drawing activities in the science classrooms and how student engage in drawing as a science practice. Other relevant questions to ask are what knowledge and skills teachers need in order to make use of Drawing to Learn in Science in their classrooms, and how such knowledge and skills can be developed through pre- and in-service training.

We invite applicants to submit a research proposal within the theme Drawing to Learn in Science and linked to the ScienceHumanities research group. We are open to different scientific approaches to the topic and different educational contexts.

For more information, see the job advert: PhD candidate in Drawing to Learn in Science (207694) | NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology (

If you have any questions about the position, please contact please contact project leader, Associate professor
Helena Bichão (+47 73412848 / +47 91527735, chair of the
ScienceHumanities research group, Professor Annette Lykknes (+47 73590496 / +47 48031517, or head of the science section at Department of Teacher Education
John Magne Grindeland (+47 73559877 / +47 97180375,