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I specialise in research, teaching and supervision in the field of pedagogy and learning among educators and professionals within health professions education. My education includes a master's degree in sports science and adult education (1995) and a PhD in embodied professional identity among high school physical education teachers (2001), both from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. In addition, I have built up extensive expertise in medical didactics, faculty development, collegial sparring and PhD supervision.

Research areas

Processes of learning
Talent development
Interaction between educational culture and individual development
Theories of learning
Social Theories of Communication and Learning
Educational development
Medical education
Peer mentoring
Teaching and learning
Professional identity

Read more about Mette Krogh Cristensen's research

Mette Krogh Christensen’s long-held passion and expertise is to explore and support how professionals (e.g. educators, health professionals, elite sports coaches, talent developers) learn and perform in specialised and context-specific practices.

Mette has an academic background in the social sciences of sport and adult pedagogy. Her expertise revolves around the situational and social aspects of teaching and learning and the interplay between individual development and professional environments such as higher education, medical education and research education. In particular, she is engaged in exploring the process of developing and changing professional identities among academics in universities.

Being an experienced PhD supervisor within the fields of health sciences educations and sports science, she is engaged in the PhD students’ professional and personal development.

In her work as a knowledgeable educator and educational developer, Mette is rooted in John Dewey’s pragmatic theory of experiential learning and Pierre Bourdieu’s reflexive sociology.

Mette Krogh Christensen is the deputy chair of the Danish Network for Educational Development in Higher Education (2014-present), chair of The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science Teaching award for universities “Undervisningsprisen” (2020-present), and member of The Swedish Research Council for Sport Science (2019-present).

Research areas

General didactics
Didactics
Education programmes for young people
Research in curriculum
Student guidance
First-year didactics
Curriculum
Career learning
Qualitative research

Read more about Laura Cordes Felby's research

Laura Cordes Felby works with and researches education and teaching development, focusing on transitions in the education system. Her research interests are curriculum development and analysis, didactics, pedagogy, social justice, career learning (employability), and transitions.

Laura Cordes Felby is currently researching how career learning is expressed across the political, programmatic, and practical curriculum level. Specifically, how various players in upper secondary school navigates in and interpret the paradox of ‘learning employability’ in a changing society. Her research revolves around how career learning is ‘done’ in upper secondary school – that is, how career learning is expressed in different subjects.

Laura Cordes Felby’s research forms the basis for an expanded understanding of how career learning is didactically expressed in upper secondary school, what potentials and challenges lie in having career learning as a learning goal in a changing society, and how this abstract educational ideal can be transformed into actual teaching. Her focus on this will strengthen both educators’ and students’ experiences and reflections on teaching career learning.

The focal point of my work as researcher and teacher is practice-based learning, especially within health professions education. I have a background as MSc in political science and Ph.D. in medical education. Since 2011 I have  been involved in educational development, teaching and research  in the intersection between the university and the health sector. I also have considerable experince as project manager, clinical communication skills teacher and teacher in collegial supervision. 

Research areas

Teaching methods
University pedagogics
Medical education
Qualitative/mixed methods research
Practice theory
Faculty development
Student-centered learning

Read more about Louise Binow Kjær's research

The focus of Louise Binow Kjær's work and research is practice-based learning. She has a PhD in medical education and a background as MSc in political science. Since 2011 she has been involved in educational development in the intersection between the university and the health sector as an educational environment, both as a project manager, course leader, researcher, consultant, and teacher.

Her work draws on generic pedagogical approaches and methods, such as learner-centered teaching and reflective practice, and her teaching experience includes development of teacher courses in patient centered communication, collegial supervision and clinical teaching, as well as teaching medical students. At Aarhus University, she has also been the driving force in several high-profile educational projects. For example, a 30 ECTS professional course and an international semester at the master's program in medicine.

Louise Binow Kjær’s research is founded in practice theory and motivation theory, a combination that enables exploration of the interplay between individuals and their context. She applies a variety of research methods in complementary designs in her projects, including both qualitative (ethnography, audio diaries and interviews) and quantitative (questionnaires) methods. Her current research project applies the theory of practice architectures in a new context with the aim of exploring existing educational practices at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The purpose of the project is to contribute a new theoretically informed model to support clinical educational leaders in understanding and developing their own practice and educational environment.

At the national level Louise Binow Kjær is actively involved in the field of medical education, e.g. as editor and co-author of two textbooks from FADL's Forlag (Lægens Roller and Medicinsk Didaktik), as a member of the board of the Danish Society for Medical Education (2018-2023) and as a member of the interprofessional project group under the regional partnership 'Human First'.

Selected publications

Sanna Lassen is a postdoc at the Centre for Educational Development at Aarhus University. She leads the research project EDULEAD, which focuses on educational leadership at universities. Over the past 20 years, she has been involved in management and leadership in various capacities. Among other roles, she has served as a project manager for municipal management development projects, provided guidance to management teams, and taught diploma programmes in Management. She holds a master’s in educational sociology and is particularly interested in theoretical organisational and leadership perspectives. Through her experiences in management, she has observed a frequently overlooked organisational role held by employees with additional responsibility for teaching and pedagogical development in collaboration with colleagues and management. This role was the focus of her PhD thesis, which has been turned into a book and has led to several presentations. In addition, Sanna is a member of the Scandinavian Luhmann Forum and often employs systems theory to understand organisations and leadership.

Research areas

Organisation
Pedagogical sociology
SDG 4 - Quality Education
Educational leadership
Leadership roles
Higher education
Qualitative method
Systems theory

Read more about Sanna Lassen's research

Sanna Lassen has a Master's degree in educational sociology from the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, and a PhD from the University of Southern Denmark. Her primary research field is within educational leadership especially focussing on employees who are formally appointed to handle teaching and educational development without having any formal decision authority. Sanna Lassen has a perennial interest in and knowledge of how educational institutions organise themselves to deal with everyday complex issues.

Sanna Lassen has both a practical and academic background in management and leadership. This affects her research, which is both exploratory and at the same time aimed at producing practice-oriented research that can be helpful for practice. On this basis, she is engaged with generating context-sensitive research that, through general characteristics, can construct resonance in specific practices.

She draws on this perspective in her work as an experienced teacher, primarily in the ongoing education of managers and leaders as well as a teacher of PhD students where she pays special attention to making teaching practice-oriented while offering different and new perspectives.

Theoretically, Sanna Lassen is rooted in the systems theory of the German sociologist Niklas Luhmann. Via his organisational view, it is possible to observe what meaning different roles and functions are attributed in organisations. Through this, a qualified perspective for context-specific support can be constructed.

As a junior researcher, Sanna Lassen is involved in establishing networks on educational leadership across Danish universities, across countries, and educational institutions to observe generic attributes as well as functional equivalents within educational leadership.

Berit Lassesen

Associate Professor

I specialize in teaching and mentoring educators in university education. My academic background includes a master's degree in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, both from Aarhus University, Denmark. Over the years, I have gained significant expertise in quality development and students' learning processes in higher education.

 

Research areas

University pedagogics
University pedagogy & didactics
Educational development
Student centred learning
Quality enhancement
Educational Psychology

Read more about Berit Lassesen's research

Berit Lassesen is a Master of Science in Political Science from the Department of Political Science and a PhD from the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at Aarhus University.

During her career as an educational developer, Berit Lassesen has focused on the interplay between the university students’ learning processes and learning outcomes, including prerequisites and interest in the field of study and, for example, the effect of the use of student-activating teaching for the development of the students’ motivation, motives, and acquisition of knowledge. The inspiration for Berit Lassesen’s research often arises in connection with the collaboration between educators and students

Among many methods, Berit Lassesen has worked extensively on the development and validation of questionnaires, which constitute an essential element in research and evaluation projects relating to teaching and learning, which, for example, is expressed through the systematic work on the establishment of a joint teaching-assessment system at Aarhus University. An initiative that provides knowledge that can contribute to the further development of the quality of teaching and learning at Aarhus University.

Currently, Berit Lassesen is researching, among other things, 1) student agency, which is presented as one of the OECD’s 2030 education targets, which can equip students with the knowledge and skills they need after completing their studies, and 2) a study of quality-development processes per se, including the organisation of these and their effects.

Research areas

Theories of learning
Teacher Training
SOTL
Curriculum
Higher Education

Read more about Peter Musaeus' research

Peter Musaeus’ passion stems from the fundamental riddle about how the curriculum in higher education shapes students learning. Specifically, he researches health professionals’ learning and decision-making. He is engaged in providing PhD students and VIP at AU the right tools to improve their teaching. Peter Musaeus researches and supervises PhD students, especially within pre-graduate and postgraduate health professional learning.

Peter Musaeus has collaborated with physicians, engineers, and psychologists to bridge epistemology and empirical research methodologies. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Central Florida, UC Berkeley, the University of Sussex, Virginia Tech, and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Peter Musaeus has a background as a clinician and licensed psychologist, a board member of the Danish Society for Medical Education (DSMU), and a project manager in COST, EU.

Research areas

Didactics
Psychopathology

Read more about Kamilla Pedersen's research

Kamilla Pedersen studies how patient representations in health sciences curriculums affects students’ transition to clinical practice. She is particularly interested in contributing to the integration of basic medical knowledge concerning patient-centred insight in clinical teaching.

Kamilla Pedersen’s research is driven by a fascination with clinical communication and interpersonal competencies as a fundamental assessment core within health sciences. A recurrent theme in her research has been health professionals’ transitions from preparatory teaching and training to clinical environments, with a particular interest in clinical psychiatry.

Kamilla Pedersen is the founder of the simulation-based teaching concept PsychSim, which uses video-based virtual patient cases to depict clinical meetings between simulated patients and health professionals.

An interdisciplinary educational background and experience as a PhD in Medical Education, an MA in Educational Anthropology, and BScN nurse qualifies her area of research and contributes to the generation of innovative approaches and multidisciplinary perspectives in her field.

Selected publications

Research areas

University pedagogics
Competence development
Research in curriculum
Research
Dental education
Curriculum development
Reflection and clinical learning

Read more about Emilie Leth Rasmussen's research

Emilie Leth Rasmussen is a dentist and PhD student. She graduated as a dentist from Aarhus University in 2015. In parallel with her PhD, she works in practice once a week.

Her main interest is research within dental degree programmes, including the development of dental degree programmes and clinical learning.

Emilie Leth Rasmussen is particularly interested in clinical decision-making and the importance of reflection. The purpose of her PhD project is to contribute to new knowledge about how clinic decision-making can be stimulated by reflection and self-evaluation in dental students, including the impact and application of reflection in clinical practice.

Emilie Leth Rasmussen is also interested in curriculum and educational development, focusing on the clinical field from which the idea for her PhD project originates.

Research areas

Didactics
Pegagogical anthropology
Innovation, learning and management
Change-making approaches
Curriculum development
Professional development
Teaching
University futures

Read more about Sarah Robinson's research

Sarah Robinson is an Associate Professor and Educational Anthropologist interested in the purpose of Higher Education and the future of the university.  Her ethnographic research spans curriculum reform, policy in practice, ethnographic methods, educator agency, and enterprise education as value creation.

Sarah Robinson has a strong international profile and has published widely within educational research. Recently her research in enterprise education has lead to an exploration of the role and purpose of the university. This has resulted in publications in The Thinking University: A Philosophical Examination of Thought and Higher Education (Bengtsen, S. & Barnett, R.; 2018) and The Idea of the University: Volume 2 – Contemporary Perspectives (Peters, M. A., & Barnett, R.; 2018). Furthermore, Sarah is a co-author on Teacher Agency; An ecological approach (Priestley, Biesta & Robinson; 2015).

Sarah Robinson is on the board of the Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society (PaTHES), initiating the annual conference, webinars, and other events that bring together international cross-disciplinary scholars interested in Higher Education reforms.

Currently, she is working with the development of a pedagogy for change-making that combines an exploration of academic identity and development with processes from enterprise education.

Selected publications