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Norwegian Research Council gives CEMO new grant

In a heavy competition with many other strong applicants, Johan Braeken from CEMO recently got a grant to complete a project on measuring and modeling different developmental patterns.

Associate Professor Braeken got the grant under the category Young research talents of the FRIPRO program of the Norwegian Research Council (NRC: external link in Norwegian). Amongst 318 applications within humanities and social sciences, only 10 % were successful. This is CEMO’s third granted NRC project since 2015, with Leslie Rutkowski and Ronny Scherer as project leaders of the two FINNUT projects.

Photo: Shane Colvin

Although the new project is somewhat technical, it deals with a central topic within both education and psychology. More specifically, the project will focus on how to measure and model different developmental patterns.

Braeken highlights an example from within the educational field:

– Think about tracking the development of competencies and beliefs of student-teachers: We can expect that progressing from novice to more expert levels is not simply "growing" more of the same competence, but that instead it actually requires redefining your understanding and definition of the teaching practice.

In such a situation, we need to rethink to what extent simple growth comparisons remain useful and how to provide alternative ways to measure and model such differentiating developmental patterns.

Braeken will start the project in 2017 and will soon be recruiting a Ph.D student. Feel free to contact him directly by e-mail if interested. The project will last 4 years and is called Latent Variable Factor Mixture Models to track Longitudinal Differentiation Patterns.

Published Jan. 9, 2017 2:02 PM - Last modified Jan. 9, 2017 2:17 PM