This open position is a postdoctoral researcher in embodied science modeling in the Representations, Activity, Play and Technology (RAPT) Lab, which is part of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at the Indiana University School of Education in Bloomington, IN. Applications are strongly encouraged from scholars whose research focuses on science education, embodied cognition, or mixed-reality learning environments. The position is funded by an NSF project that aims to investigate and support how young children can learn science through embodied interactions, with a focus on scientific modeling. The current project builds on our prior work with the Science through Technology Enhanced Play (STEP) project which can be seen here: http://bit.ly/STEPBEES. In this work, children explore science content by playing as agents within a system; they act like bees to learn about pollination or water particles to learn about states of matter. We will extend this work by developing a new programming-based modeling interface so that students have greater agency in creating and refining their embodied models as they engage in learning a range of science topics at the 5th grade level. The project employs a range of mixed methodologies with an emphasis on design based research and interaction analysis. The project is being conducted in close collaboration with Noel Enyedy and Corey Brady at Vanderbilt University. The postdoctoral researcher will work closely with Joshua Danish on all phases of the project including: designing and co-leading activities with teachers and children, professional development, data collection, analysis, and the publication of results. There will also be opportunities to collaborate on and learn about design, analysis and writing with the entire team including members of the research team led by Noel Enyedy and Corey Brady at Vanderbilt University. The postdoctoral fellow will be encouraged and supported to develop publications that build on their emerging research agenda. The appointment is a one-year position with possible renewal for a second year, conditional on satisfactory performance review after the first year and continued funding.
Applicants should upload to http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/8404 : 1.Curriculum Vitae 2.Letter of Application 3.Writing Sample/Publication 4.The names and contact information for three professional references
References will not be contacted without prior communication with the applicant. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start for October 2019.
Required qualifications include an earned doctorate in learning sciences, science education, instructional technology, or a related field, as well as fieldwork experience in K-12 settings or working with K-12 personnel. Strong methodological training in research methodologies, particularly qualitative analysis.
Preferred skills and abilities include knowledge in at least one of the following areas: embodied cognition, science modeling in education, or computational thinking / modeling. Experience with qualitative methods including interaction analysis is highly desired. Experience in project management and IRB protocol development highly desired.
Department Contact for Questions:
Questions about the position may be directed to Principle Investigator, Dr. Joshua Danish at email@example.com
Indiana University School of Education 201 N. Rose Ave. Bloomington, IN 47405-1006
OAA #: 21908-22
Appointment Status: Non-Tenure Track
Internal Number: 8404
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