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Candidates taking the PhD programme in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education are to be evaluated halfway through the funding period. The midway evaluation is compulsory. The time frame during which the midway evaluation should take place, is indicated below. This will vary between PhD candidates depending on the extent of any required duties.
It is recommended that the midway evaluation takes place in the following time frame:
The midway evaluation comprises an academic assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to allow PhD candidates to present and evaluate the progress oftheir own projects, and provide an opportunity for PhD candidates to raise issues of importance for supervision and future progress. An external researcher (opponent) will be appointed, and constitute a panel together with the supervisors, and the head of the PhD programme.
The PhD candidate submits his/her prepared material (see below) and midway status to the external researcher (opponent) who will be assessing the work. The material must be submitted four weeks before the midway evaluation with a copy to the supervisors, head of the PhD programme, and the administrative coordinator. In addition, the PhD candidate may choose to write a separate memo explaining what she/he needs particular feedback on.
In some cases, the midway evaluation must be held as a video conference. The administrative coordinator must be notified of this as soon as possible so that a room with the suitable equipment can be booked in time. If no notification is sent to the administrative coordinator, an ordinary classroom with access to a laptop and projector will be booked.
The midway evaluation takes the form of a seminar, with a duration of approx. two hours. The PhD candidate, the external researcher (opponent), the supervisor, and the head of the PhD programme all participate in the seminar. The head of studies with personnel responsibility for the candidate will also be invited to attend. The candidate chooses whether or not the other PhD candidates in the programme are to be invited to the seminar. If other PhD candidates are invited, they attend as audience. The seminar will primarily consist of a dialogue between the PhD candidate and the opponent. The supervisor may participate in the dialogue as he/she pleases. The head of the PhD programme chairs the seminar. The opponent is requested to write a summary/list of points of a maximum of one page –or alternatively a presentation –that is handed out to the PhD candidate.