Harvard University Research Assistant IV Non-Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts

47337BRAuto req ID:47337BRJob Code:403126 Research Assistant IV Non-Lab Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Research Assistant IVSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:055Time Status:Part-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:Bachelor's degree required in education or a related field. A minimum of 3 years of related work required. Knowledge of research methods, evidence of working with educators or within an educational setting, and strong attention to detail.

Additional Qualifications:Master’s in Education or related field preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience in the field of making and maker-centered learning and facilitating professional development opportunities for educators. The RA should be comfortable communicating and collaborating with mixed audiences and stakeholders, including research partners, teachers, families, and students. Familiarity with international school contexts and cultures, as well as the International Baccalaureate school model, is a plus. Prior experience with qualitative research, including data collection and analysis, is preferred but not required. The Research Assistant should have very strong writing, analytic, and communication skills. She or he should be comfortable working independently and taking initiative while also being a full player on the research team. Having a tolerance for ambiguity, thriving in the unknown, being comfortable with the iterative process, and a sense of humor are all welcome traits.

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Department:Project ZeroPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Research Duties & Responsibilities:Harvard Graduate School of Education, Project Zero (PZ) is seeking a Research Assistant IV for the Agency by Design Early Childhood in the Making (ECM) project. This position will report to the Senior Research Manager. ECM is a two-year (January 2018 - December 2019) research collaboration between PZ and preschools from the Victoria Educational Organization (a Hong Kong-based network of schools for young children).

ECM will build on the findings from work started in 2012 by the Agency by Design (AbD) research initiative at PZ. Over the past five years, AbD's work has led to the creation of a framework for maker-centered learning--a burgeoning field encompassing various formal and informal educational contexts and pedagogical approaches that are influenced by the norms and cultures of the maker movement (distributed teaching and learning, co-creation, project-based learning, student agency, etc.). While AbD's framework for teaching and learning has been applied across a variety of formal and informal settings to great effect (including with young children), some early childhood educators have expressed concerns about the applicability of this framework for young learners. The goal of the Early Childhood in the Making research initiative is to develop an early childhood-specific framework for maker-centered learning.

The RA IV will contribute to all parts of the project, including advising on connections to the field of making and maker-centered learning, conducting relevant literature reviews, designing and facilitating research and professional development in Hong Kong, organizing documentation, and analyzing data. The RA IV will also help guide the project’s dissemination strategy. The RA IV will help supervise local partners through Skype conversations and email communications. Other specific duties may include co-designing professional development and making experiences for teachers and administrators. The RA IV will participate in qualitative data analysis (coding according to project protocols) and will work collaboratively on project-related publications and presentations. In addition, the research assistant will work with the Senior Research Manager on administrative and research tasks associated with the initiative. The ECM project will be conducted simultaneously with other PZ research initiatives building on the AbD framework, and the RA IV will collaborate with related research team members in building a cross-project understanding of how AbD ideas are being used in diverse teaching and learning contexts.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Works collaboratively with Principal Investigator (PI) and other research staff to determine project goals and priorities.

  • Helps inform overall research and professional development strategy, in particular contributing to the shape of the collaboration with Victoria Educational Organization.

  • Participates in regular meetings with the core ECM research team.

  • Engages in research on maker-centered learning.

  • In collaboration with other members of the research team, writes and disseminates case studies, articles, papers, blog posts, etc., drawing on relevant literature, observations, and research from the work with Victoria Educational Organization (and, where applicable, other AbD-related research initiatives).

  • Represents the Early Childhood in the Making project and PZ to varied audiences through conferences, institutes, and/or convenings.

  • Contributes to the creation, testing, and dissemination of project materials related to maker-centered learning and early childhood education.

  • Supports the development of an Early Childhood in the Making framework and other interventions and tools for early childhood educators, in partnership with ECM colleagues and teachers from Victoria Educational Organization.

  • Travels to Hong Kong two to three times in 2019.

Position is temporary and grant-funded through 12/31/19, with possibility of continuation.

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