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Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) Studentship - Education

The aim of this collaborative PhD with Renfrewshire Council is to investigate the under-researched phenomenon of the ‘bottom reading group’ in Primary education, from the perspectives of identity and social equity.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

1 February 2018

Deadline

1 March 2018

Duration

3 years

Eligibility

The candidate should have a first or second class Honours degree (minimum 2.1) and/or a Masters degree in a closely related discipline.

Graduates who have completed an excellent first Degree (1+3 award) and Masters (+3) with a focus on Education constitute the primarily pool of applicants. An excellent theoretical and practical knowledge of pedagogical approaches to literacy is required, including socio-cultural perspectives, in Primary schools. Candidates must have a strong knowledge of the barriers that can exist in the education system that exacerbate inequality of outcomes. Excellent theoretical knowledge and practical experience of teaching children to read, experience of planning and delivering well-evaluated professional development in Primary literacy teaching for head teachers, teachers and support staff. Experience of working with a range of educationalists, including local authority education officers, head teachers and teachers is essential. Familiarity with the local school context of the collaborating partner (Renfrewshire Council) is essential. A qualification in primary teaching is highly desirable.

Project Details

The aim of this collaborative PhD with Renfrewshire Council is to investigate the under-researched phenomenon of the ‘bottom reading group’ in Primary education, from the perspectives of identity and social equity. It will also co-produce and explore alternative mixed-attainment methods of teaching reading, with the intention of improving experience and outcomes for disadvantaged children.  The research questions are: 1) Does membership of the lowest ‘ability’ group for reading affect children’s identities, as human beings, learners and readers, and in what ways? 2) How do structural inequalities intersect in the practice of ‘ability-grouping’ for reading development? 3) How do less confident readers experience mixed-attainment reading contexts? 4) How can a collaborative approach to research contribute to the exploration and development of mixed attainment teaching methods? The PhD student will offer monthly knowledge exchange sessions for teachers, on mixed-attainment reading instruction. A blog will share case studies, resources and techniques, and a resource pack will be produced of teaching methods and materials on mixed-attainment reading.

Funding Details

This award will cover student fees (at UK rates) and a bursary in line with UK Research Council rates*

*Pro-rata for PT.

Further information

This is a collaborative studentship with Renfrewshire Council.

How to apply

All candidates must apply online.

In the "Programme Name" field, pleases select “PhD Education”

In the "Funding" section, please write ‘SGSSS Education Studentship’.

You should upload the following documents with your application:

  • A short research proposal of no more than 1000 words that provides an overview of the research context and proposed research design.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Covering letter describing in detail your interest in and suitability for undertaking this project
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (this may be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
  • SGSSS Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form
  • Two academic references