Gerd Christensen

Gerd Christensen

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

My research interests are located in between pedagogy, philosophy and psychology. For a number of years I have been occupied with the science studies and methodology of the humanities and the social sciences. My research interests are directed towards educational psychology with a special focus on social constructionism and post structuralism including Michel Foucault's and Giorgio Agamben's theoretical perspectives applied as analytical perspectives on qualitative empirical research. This is combined with an interest in the history of education, which has led to genealogies of pedagogical movements in Denmark since the late 1800es. Recently I have done some research in ethics with a particular focus on how Michel Foucault's concept of ethos can be incorporated into research ethics.

In addition, I am interested in university teaching and in the relationship between gender and education. These interests were unfolded in my Ph.D. dissertation, which deals with project work in groups at university level. In recent years, my interest in small groups has developed to also include research into the family viewed as a group and into the function of the taboo at group level.

Through my one-year employment at the Danish Clearinghouse for Educational Research I became acquainted with systematic reviews as a particular form of dissemination of knowledge.





My competences for teaching and supervising are primarily educational psychology, didactics, science studies and methodology, university teaching, workplace learning and the educational history. Resently, I have primarily taught educational psychology, theory of science and the history of pedagogy on the BA programme, as well as supervising BA projects, project-oriented courses and master theses.

Since 2021, I have served as Head of Program for the Section for Education, KU.

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