PhD Scholarship – Mindfulness in Children
Through the AXA Research Fund, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education is offering up to two PhD scholarships to join the Minds@Play research project. The first three years of primary school are pivotal for establishing a firm foundation for long-term student academic, social and well-being outcomes. Students with a poor transition to primary school are at increased risk for a host of detrimental outcomes including poorer academic performance, early school dropout, behavioural and emotional problems, and poor peer and teacher relationships. As schools around the world shut down during COVID-19, this is likely to have led to poorer child mental well-being due to family stress and anxiety about the situation. In addition, as schools return, many schools will be looking for ways to support students during the transition back to school to ensure they have the appropriate skills to navigate this period. Mindfulness is an approach that has rapidly gained popularity in Australia and internationally. Mindfulness-based interventions aim to improve student skills in areas such as attention, self-regulation and executive functioning. Although there has been rapid uptake of mindfulness-based interventions, there are a glaring lack of robust randomised intervention trials (RCTs) examining whether mindfulness interventions lead to improved long-term outcomes for students. The two potential projects for the PhD scholarships are: Project 1: Understand how the social isolation associated with not being able to go to school has influenced the immediate and long-term mental health outcomes of children and parents. Project 2: Understand whether a school-based mindfulness intervention can improve primary school students’ outcomes once they have transition back to face-to-face learning.
30 Nov 2020
24 Jan 2021
How to apply
Full benefit details
Australian / domestic student
up to $93,600
Applicable study areas
Education, teaching and training
Number of scholarships awarded
What are the benefits?
The successful candidate will receive a scholarship of approximately $31,200 pro rata per year for 3 years of the PhD (fulltime), funded by the AXA Research Fund.
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