CSL Qual Post doctoral position

The UCD School of Education is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral researcher to work on the qualitative component of Ireland’s first national longitudinal study of children’s lived experiences of primary schooling in Ireland: Children’s School Lives (CSL). This project is funded by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. The overarching CSL study is designed to capture the perceptions of two cohorts of children, parents, teachers and school leaders, across a six-year period, with a focus on children’s academic attainment, engagement, rights and well-being, diversity and inclusion, school and teaching cultures, and educational transitions. This is a high-calibre position that will offer the successful applicant a rare opportunity to work on a ground breaking national longitudinal study of children in primary schools in Ireland. We are looking for a postdoctoral level researcher who can help us design and carry out interviews with children, parents, grandparents, teachers and school leaders, participatory methods for children aged 5 – 12- years-old, and observations of children and teachers in school contexts. Ideally this person will have experience working with longitudinal qualitative data, and with data generated from in depth case studies of schools and/or families, although support for the project methods will be given throughout the post. This is an academic research role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching. Applicants should have a strong background in education and/or sociocultural/sociological studies in education, with a research background in at least one of the following topics: children’s lived experiences of school, school and teaching cultures, pedagogy and curriculum, equality and diversity, parent educational involvement, and a record of publications or submitted publications in this area.

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