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F OCUS OPPORTUNITIES FOR & BARRIERS AGAINST DEVELOPMENT OF AN INVESTIGATIVE-BASED TEACHING IN NATURAL SCIENCES THROUGH THE USE OF IPADS AT A SCHOOL IN A NORTH GREENLAND SETTLEMENT The research project is carried out with inspiration from action research. The focus point is to investigate opportunities for and barriers against the development of natural science teaching in a rural school lacking relevant teaching materials and functioning Internet. Teaching tools will consist of e.g., iPads and apps (Assistant Professor Dr Lars Demant-Poort). STUDENTS AS DIDACTIC DESIGNERS The purpose of the research project is to study which didactic frames promote student teachers as didactic designers and how the students can act as didactic designers during the courses at the teacher training programme. The key points of the project are how the teachers design frames that involve the student teachers as (pro)active and reflective didactic designers, and the significance it has for the students' academic performance, commitment and motivation when they, as didactic designers, participate in the determination of teaching goals, content, form, organisation and evaluation of the teaching. The project is based on theories on didactic design, theories on constructivist and collaborative learning, including theories on formal and informal learning processes, as well as knowledge sharing. The project is action research based involving various methods (Professor Birgitte Holm Sørensen). PROMOTING THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN IN GREENLAND This PhD project's purpose is to study youth professionals' promotion of children's well-being in Greenland. In institutional terms, the study is undertaken on a kindergarten and primary and lower secondary level at institutions that work to promote children's social competence with the intervention programme Kammagiitta. The study also involves municipal prevention consultants and youth professionals working with tools to promote children's and youth's mental robustness in both primary and lower and upper secondary schools, as well as institutions for higher education. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, the research project focuses on examining the professionals' acquisition, practice and learning outcome of the implemented interventions as well as their experience of their impact. The project is a collaboration between the Mary Foundation, the Government of Greenland, the Ministry of Education and Research, Ilisimatusarfik and Aarhus University (PhD student Cecilia Petrine Molander Pedersen). SCHOOL DESIGNING TEACHING TOWARDS PROGRESSING PUPILS TO A YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAMME The purpose of this PhD project is to study the barriers and challenges encountered by pupils in primary and lower secondary school that can affect the choice to progress to a youth education programme and how to develop educational and didactic teaching to consider this. Methodologically, the project is qualitative and quantitative and will – through field work, interviews and questionnaires – map out young people's experiences with and relationship to the school, and then develop, test, and evaluate didactic designs for use in teaching at the primary and lower secondary level. The development of didactic designs means that the project's goal is to study the prerequisites needed to construct and create a framework for teaching and learning processes that strengthens the pupils' relationship to their school and education. The project is funded by the Danish Government Fund for Arctic Research (PhD student Louise Pindstrup Andersen). www.uni.gl 65

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