PhD Scholarship ARC Discovery Project: Teaching how to learn: Promoting self-regulated learning in STEM classes

We are seeking an outstanding candidate for a PhD scholarship for an ARC Discovery Project entitled: Teaching how to learn: Promoting self-regulated learning in STEM classes to be based at the University of Melbourne.

Applications open

3 Jul 2019

Applications closed

16 Oct 2019

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $90,000

Applicable study areas

Education, teaching and training

Number of scholarships awarded

1

  • Eligibility & selection criteria

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    · be an Australian citizen; or a New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident at the closing date for applications; and

    · have completed a Bachelor degree with Second Class (Division A) Honours or above, or an equivalent level of academic attainment

    · Other general conditions of the award will be as per current conditions of the awarding of Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships.

    Prior to submitting their applications, prospective applicants are advised to contact the Chief Investigator of this project at The Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Professor Lorraine Graham via email at: Lorraine.Graham@unimelb.edu.au

    Selection criteria

    We are seeking an outstanding candidate with a STEM (Science, teaching background for a PhD scholarship attached to an ARC Discovery Project entitled: Teaching how to learn: Promoting self-regulated learning in STEM classes to be based within The Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne. This project is a partnership between The University of Melbourne and Flinders University in South Australia.

    The Teaching how to learn project investigates how to improve teacher capacity in teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, an area identified by the Australian government as a priority for national action in education. The emphasis in this project is to promote the quality of the teachers’ practices rather than their content knowledge through a set of carefully designed and implemented interventions which will investigate a set of key factors related to changing teacher behaviour These factors include: teachers’ beliefs and motivations, their knowledge of the relations between learning actions and learning outcomes, and the influence of their practice on students’ knowledge, learning actions, engagement and achievement.

    Specifically, the successful PhD candidate will be involved in the extension and validation of a developmental progression of self-regulation skills designed to describe these skills in classrooms. This work will include administering a self-report assessment to students, an observation study of a sample of secondary school STEM teachers in their classrooms, and interviews with a subsample of teachers. Subsequent analysis will require the use of structural equation modelling and path analyses techniques to investigate relations between teachers’ beliefs, students’ self-regulated learning skills, students’ learning actions and their achievement. Structural equation modelling and path analyses techniques will be used to investigate relations between the pre-service teachers’ beliefs, ICAP and SRL knowledge, their learning actions and their achievement. The potential impact of this research is enhanced by international collaboration with colleagues from Germany and the United States.

    Those wishing to apply should in the first instance complete a candidature and scholarships application form available from the links below for the University of Melbourne. Include information on research experience, an indicative research proposal, and a sample of recent academic writing. Candidates with relevant research and teaching backgrounds in education, assessment, psychology, measurement and the STEM disciplines of science and/or mathematics are encouraged to apply.

  • Application process

    Prior to submitting their applications, prospective applicants are advised to contact the Chief Investigator in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Professor Lorraine Graham via email at: Lorraine.Graham@unimelb.edu.au

    IMPORTANT: Those wishing to apply should in the first instance complete a candidature and scholarships application form available from the links below for the University of Melbourne. Include information on research experience, an indicative research proposal, and a sample of recent academic writing. Candidates with relevant research and teaching backgrounds in education, assessment, psychology, measurement and the STEM disciplines of science and/or mathematics are encouraged to apply.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    The successful candidate will ideally begin no later than December 2019 but as negotiated.

What are the benefits?

The scholarship includes:

· a stipend valued at approx. $30,000* per annum tax free (*increased annually by consumer price index)

· a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship to cover tuition fees for Australian Citizens, NZ Citizens and Permanent Residents.

The scholarships will be awarded for a maximum of three years. Recipients may be eligible for one 6-month extension subject to application and consideration by the Scholarships Committee.

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