Call for Papers: The 6th Summer School on Higher Education 2019 – Methods and approaches in higher education research

Lake Jyväsjärvi

When: August 12-13, 2019
Where: University of Jyväskylä, Ruusupuisto, Alvar Aallon katu 9, Jyväskylä, Finland
Deadline: May 1, 2019

Welcome to the sixth Summer School on Higher Education. This year’s theme “methods and approaches in higher education research” addresses the new directions and dilemmas related to methods and methodologies in higher education research as a complex multidisciplinary field.

The summer school addresses the big decisions faced by all PhD students in the course of their dissertation: the choice of the methods and approaches and their compatibility with the research questions and the theoretical and conceptual frameworks chosen. The keynote and the student papers may focus on any or all of following themes:

  • What challenges are posed to my research project by the multidisciplinary nature of higher education research?
  • What is relationships between methods, methodologies and data in my research project?
  • How do my theoretical and methodological choices match together and what are the related challenges?

Keynote speaker: Professor Rebecca Boden, Director of the New Social Research (NSR) –programme, Tampere University

The summer school provides PhD students an opportunity to present and get feedback on their own research as well as to meet senior researchers and other PhD students from the field of higher education research.  The format of the summer school is based on students presenting their own papers, commenting on papers by other students and receiving feedback also from senior colleagues. Each paper will be commented by a student discussant and senior discussant. The language of the summer school is English.

The Summer School is organised by Finnish Institute for Educational Research (FIER) and Consortium of Higher Education Researchers in Finland (CHERIF). Summer school is free of charge.

Important dates

The deadline for the applications is May 1, 2019.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by May 15, 2019.
The participants are asked to submit the full papers by July 31, 2019.

Application form
The summer school webpage


Scientific leader: Dr. Terhi Nokkala, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, terhi.nokkala (a)

Practical information: Hanna Vuohelainen, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, hanna.e.i.vuohelainen (a)

This Call for Papers was posted on behalf of the organisers of the summer school. The original call can be found on the conference website (link above).

To browse other events happening in 2019, see our earlier post: “Save the dates: events for higher education researchers in 2019” by Daniel Kontowski

Photo: Lake Jyväsjärvi and Lutakko Harbour area
Owner: Visit Jyväskylä
Photographer: Tero Takalo-Eskola

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