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Theories and theoretical concepts in the higher education research process

Call for papers: 15th Apr

The fifth Summer School on Higher Education

Theories and theoretical concepts in the higher education research process


Call for Papers: Deadline for applications 15th of April 2018

Time: 13th - 14st of August 2018

Place: University of Jyväskylä, Ruusupuisto, Alvar Aallon katu 9

Keynote speaker:

·         Prof. Anna Kosmützky, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Evening workshop convenor:

·         University lecturer Johanna Kiili (PhD), University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Welcome to the fifth Summer School on Higher Education, organised for the second time as an international summer school. The theme of this year Summer School is ”Theories and theoretical concepts in the higher education research process”. The summer school addresses the big decisions faced by all PhD students in the course of their PhD: the choice of the theories and theoretical concepts and their match to the chosen methodologies. The keynote and the evening workshop, as well as the student papers may focus on any or all of following themes:

·         Relationships between theories and data in higher education (HE) research

·         Theories/concepts and methodological choices

·         Process of choice of relevant theories and theoretical concepts in HE research

·         Development of theories through empirical research


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 senior commentators will be recruited after we will receive abstracts from participants. The language of the summer school is English.

PhD students may receive credits for presenting a paper in the summer school. However, each student must negotiate this with their supervisor in advance. Recommended credit amount for participation is 3 ECTS credits.


Practical information:

The summer school is organised at the University of Jyväskylä, Ruusupuisto-building.

Participation in the summer school is free of charge. Accommodation is offered free of charge for one night in two person room in hotel Alba, close to the summer school venue.

Participants of the summer school (18-20 persons) will be accepted based on relevance of the abstract to higher education research and the topic of the summer school as well as quality of it. The abstract (max. 1000 words) should comprise out of short description of theoretical background, data, methods as well as expected results. The abstracts should also explicitly address at least one of the abovementioned themes related to the topic of this year’s Summer School.  

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


Important dates:

·         The deadline for the applications is 15th April 2018

·         Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 15th of May 2018

·         The participants are asked to submit the full papers (3-5 pages) by 1st of August 2018


Application form, instructions on writing an abstract and a paper as well as the updated program can be found on our web page:


Please note that this year summer school is followed by SANORD conference:


Scientific Leader: 

Terhi Nokkala, Senior Researcher

University of Jyväskylä

Finnish Institute for Educational Research


Tel. 040 805 4270

Further information:

Jouni Helin, Project Researcher

University of Jyväskylä

Finnish Institute for Educational Research


Tel. 040 805 4070

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