Research and development
Stord/Haugesund University College (HSH) has a wide set of research activities within its fields of education. Research activities at HSH are organized in R&D programs.
Research is primarily connected to the practice field and trade. Projects are based on close co-operation with local administration and business, school and training (kindergarten, primary and secondary school), local primary health care, regional health corporations and local industry and commerce (particularly maritime and offshore operations). Priority areas are within ICT in learning, applied IT, security, health education subjects and the maritime industry. Since 2007 The University College has a total external research project portfolio totalling over 130 MNOK.
A principle goal is that the internally developed expertise should be reflected in both new research projects and the curriculum at Stord/Haugesund University College. Another is connected to the international publication of results from the different research projects.
- Education, Curricula & Technology (ECT) (→ page in norwegian) studies the relationship between ICT and education by developing a theoretically-oriented and empirically-based approach to research into the utilization of ICT in various forms in education and curricula, presenting critical perspectives on educational research within this field.
- The Practicum program (→ page in norwegian) aims to contribute to the development of knowledge that strengthens preschools, primary education and initial teacher education, to strengthen R&D in teacher education, and make a better link between professional education and the profession itself. The target groups are teacher educators, student teachers, school- and preschool owners, school- and preschool leaders and teachers.
- The C-PED program (→ page in norwegian) aims to strengthen creativity and innovation within relevant subjects in school, preschool and culture schools, to provide knowledge about the interplay between profession, subject and didactics with particular emphasis on arts, culture and school, and knowledge about the potential in this interplay for developing a culture-conscious and innovative teacher education and teacher role, to develop knowledge about the special aspects of leading culture-conscious and innovative schools and preschools.
- The CO-PROF Program (→ page in norwegian) is committed to conduct R&D activities within four key-concepts; (1) Lifelong learning: The program operates widely with the learning and education of and by adults (16/18 yo's and above). Continuing education and training, and continuous competence development on informal contexts, are central arenas for the RDI. (2) Tertiary education: The target groups present people who have completed their primary and in most cases also secondary level of education, though not always necessary the latter. The focus will nevertheless be on learning and education on the tertiary level, including higher education establishments. (3) Work-related learning and competence development, particularly in professions: While lifelong learning can also be "life-wide", in CO-PROF it is limited to competence in working-life, particularly in professions. An analysis and reflection of the current state and future needs of professional competence - the knowledge, knowing, and doing - are critical. (4) Cross-sectorial: The competence issue is explored and enhanced primarily within the public sector, including higher education itself, but to an extent also in organizations and enterprises in the private sector.
- Modelling Regional Development (KARU) (→ page in norwegian) develops a model apparatus for use in explaining and predicting regional development, for use in analyses of trade and regional economic problems. One goal is to contribute to better decision-making both for local authorities and for the companies in a given region. Another is to establish adequate knowledge about how relationships in the housing and work markets separately affect a regional development process.
- Clinical health and caring science (→ page in norwegian). As a scientific discipline, the program addresses the fundaments of good caring, irrespective of profession. The program has the same name as the scientific discipline, with its own unique basic values, concepts, theories and visions of knowledge. The "clinical moment" means to broaden the understanding of the scientific fundament in clinical praxis by a hermeneutic view of knowledge. A central theme of the discipline is to develop Clinical health -and caring science as a scientific discipline by the projects performed. This is due also to the master students´ projects in our master education in Clinical health and caring science. The master program is closely connected to the research program.
- Complexity and Risk in PetroMaritime Operations (MCPMO) (→ page in norwegian) aims to understand complexity in managing petro-maritime operations and create improved exchanges of knowledge between industry and research institutions, as well as better petro-maritime education. The project will lead to higher safety levels in complex operations, improved industrial procedures, organization, training and the management of complex operations.
- Applied IT (AIT) (→ page in norwegian) addresses current problems within Norwegian shipyards and construction operations offshore: the leadership of logistics processes, the relationship between the use of logistics and results, and the outsourcing of logistics and service performance.