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PhD position on Using Educational Games and Simulations for Fostering Students' Entrepreneurial Skills

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The European Union as well as the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) argue that entrepreneurship is one of the 8 generic 21st century skills required for all graduates. In thisPhD research proposal, we are in particular interested in the influence of educational games and simulations on two exemplary entrepreneurial skills:

1. opportunity recognition and
2. entrepreneurial decision-making.

The game industry has grown rapidly in recent years, also in the field of serious games for entrepreneurship (e.g. GoVenture, SimVenture, VC Game). These can be defined as computer-based learning simulations that engage players in realistic activities designed to increase knowledge, improve skills, and enable positive learning outcomes. Although there is much attention to educational games and simulations in entrepreneurship education practice, the subject is under researched. The studies that have been conducted show that most games serve a very narrow niche of “small business management for undergraduate students”, leaving many opportunities for addressing more generic entrepreneurial skills like opportunity recognition and decision-making. At the same time, while there have been previous studies on important entrepreneurial skills like opportunity recognition and decision-making, there are very few dated papers directly addressing these skills in relation to simulations and games. Many fundamental questions like to what extent are these skills subject to learning and to development in game/simulation environments, what are design principles to do so and how can these games/simulations be further embedded in entrepreneurship education curricula are still open.
Therefore, the overall aim of the proposal is to design, validate, implement, and evaluate educational games and simulations (i.e. gamification principles) to stimulate students’ learning of opportunity recognition and entrepreneurial decision-making. After designing and prototyping the game elements, their effects will be tested on students’ learning, motivation and satisfaction.

Experienced educational researcher

The professorship is part of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (HG) Hanze Honors College (HHC). The HHC aims to offer talented students the option to become excellent professionals.

The professorship in Excellence in Higher Education and Society (EHOS) currently has a vacancy for an

Experienced educational researcher
0.6 FTE, vacancy number v18.0203; AT

Job description
As a researcher, you contribute to the professorship's research theme, centred around teaching staff and honors-level didactics. Research concerns honors-level teaching methods aimed at promoting excellence, curriculum development and assessment and student-lecturer interactions.

EuroACS invites you to submit a paper to the 4th EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON CURRICULUM STUDIES

EuroACS invites you to submit a paper to the

4th EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON CURRICULUM STUDIES

CURRICULUM: ORIGINS, TRAJECTORIES AND PRACTICES

in Maynooth University, Ireland on 7th and 8th of June 2019.

The 2019 EuroACS conference in Ireland comes at a time when curriculum studies as a field is arguably burgeoning, fuelled by  the proliferation of new discourses and practices about and around curriculum. This is evident, for example,  at a supra-level through the publications of transnational organisations such as the EU, UNESCO and OECD; at a macro level through the ongoing emergence of new forms of curriculum policy addressing such transnational and local forces; and at meso/micro levels as teachers and other practitioners are increasingly expected to become engaged as professional curriculum makers, rather than as technicians delivering policy products. In short, conversations about curriculum are back where they should be – at the heart of educational discourse and practice.

Experienced educational researcher Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (HG)

The professorship in Excellence in Higher Education and Society conducts applied and scientific research into honors education and talent development at both national and international level. This research is conducted within a network of researchers and PhD graduates under supervision of the professor. We believe that scientific publishing, writing grants and creating research-based new educational products in co-creation are important. Amongst other areas, the research focuses on teaching strategies aimed at encouraging talented students, the effects of honors community culture, the specific learning requirements of honors students and global citizenship in the context of honors education. Under supervision of the professorship, (inter)national honors teacher professionalization is offered and research takes place to identify the characteristics of excellent professionals in collaboration with the professional field. The professorship works with various national and international partners and is represented at national and international conferences.

The professorship is part of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (HG) Hanze Honors College (HHC). The HHC aims to offer talented students the option to become excellent professionals.

The professorship in Excellence in Higher Education and Society (EHOS) currently has a vacancy for an

Experienced educational researcher
0.6 FTE, vacancy number v18.0203; AT

Job description
As a researcher, you contribute to the professorship's research theme, centred around teaching staff and honors-level didactics. Research concerns honors-level teaching methods aimed at promoting excellence, curriculum development and assessment and student-lecturer interactions.

You will be expected to further develop the 'honors lecturer' research theme by building on existing research projects, initiating your own projects, writing grant applications and involving more HG-lecturers/researchers in the professorship's research activities. You will work with the professor to further develop the research theme to the point where it can also accommodate both smaller research projects published in professional journals and more extensive projects with a broader impact and peer-reviewed publication. You will also help initiate doctoral research projects and supervise PhD candidates. You are an active member of the research group and team member of the (inter)national honors teacher professionalization. You lead internal research programmes and stimulate teachers in this area. In addition to initiating, conducting and supervising research projects, you will present your research findings at conferences in the Netherlands and abroad, and publish in leading national and international journals.   

In addition to your role as an individual researcher, you will work with researchers in your field and other fellow-researchers in the Netherlands and abroad. You will also work with a team to promote lecturer training. Providing feedback on research questions and results to your fellow-researchers within the network, sharing your own knowledge with others within Hanze UAS, involving students in the professorship's research projects and contributing to the valorisation of research results within regular and honors education programmes: you will be actively participating in each of these activities.

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