Postgraduate research opportunities

MRes Interdisciplinary Excellence Award: "Movement skill assessment in early childhood: A historical perspective"

The aim of this project is to conduct a historical analysis of movement skill assessment in the early years (0-6 years) across the 20th century.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee

Opens

2 June 2020

Deadline

24 July 2020

Duration

1 Year (Full Time) or 2 Years (Part Time)

Eligibility

Students must be UK/EU citizens and meet the academic criterion of first-class degree (or equivalent) in History, Education, Physical/Occupational Therapy, Psychology, or other relevant subject area.

Students must have a background in and understanding of child development (including motor development) or health history.

Students may also have relevant experience or skills relevant to the research topic.

Project Details

During the early years, children develop rudimentary and fundamental movement skills (e.g., walking and running, grasping and catching). These movement skills play a crucial role in children’s health and wellbeing. For this reason, young children’s movement skills are assessed and monitored across different disciplines (child development/pediatrics, physical/occupational therapy, and physical/special education) in both research and practice.

Research in movement skill assessment has a rich twentieth-century history, with scientists and practitioners from different disciplines contributing to the body of literature. Across decades, new tools have been developed or existing tools have been modified. Some assessment tools are no longer used but have influenced later assessment design and development.

The aim of this project is to conduct a historical analysis of movement skill assessment in the early years (0-6 years) across the 20th century. This research will explore (1) commonalities and differences of purpose(s) and content of movement skill assessment tools across time, (2) commonalities and differences in tests developed within different professional areas (physical/special education, occupational/physical therapy, and child development/paediatrics), and (3) impact of societal influences (significant others, technology, and policies).

This interdisciplinary project will be supervised by Dr Farid Bardid (School of Education) and Prof Matthew Smith (School of Humanities). The student will receive suitable training in both departments and will be guided to work across scientific disciplines and develop research skills in history, education and motor development. This provides a good opportunity for students interested in progressing to doctoral research in an interdisciplinary context.

The student will also be part of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH), which is the largest history of medicine centre in Scotland and one of the largest in Europe. The student will be able to attend the CSHHH research seminars and other relevant workshops to further develop their skills and knowledge within an interdisciplinary environment.

Funding Details

£4,407 fee waiver

Further information

The proposed project is part of a cross-departmental collaboration on health and movement skill assessment and its use in diagnosis and support of children with developmental disorders. This collaboration brings together education, history, rehabilitation and health through the use of multiple methods and perspectives.

We are looking for students who are interested in progressing to doctoral research in an interdisciplinary context.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Dr Farid Bardid

Email: farid.bardid@strath.ac.uk

How to apply

Candidates must apply on-line via PEGASUS. (Under "Programme Name," please choose MRes History)

Candidates should include:

  • CV
  • Covering letter describing in detail your interest in and suitability for undertaking this project
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (these may be interim transcripts if you are still studying)
  • **Two academic reference letters** (Alternatively, these may be provided directly from your referees if they would prefer and should be sent to hass-scholarships@strath.ac.uk ) Email subject should contain: applicant name + word “Reference.”