The Research Assistant III will be a core member of the Pedagogy of Play (PoP) team at Project Zero. PoP is an ongoing qualitative research intiative exploring the role of play in school. The project engages in teacher-researcher partnerships to develop culturally-specific understandings of learning through play, playful learning practices, and strategies for supporting playful school cultures. Prior research sites have included Denmark, South Africa, and the United States.
The Research Assistant will focus on a new strand of the PoP work taking place in Latin America. Working under the supervision of a senior PoP researcher, the RA will help plan and manage data collection in Colombia (carried out by local Colombian researchers) and, with the Colombian research team, will organize, synthesize, and interpret data from fieldwork, interviews, and school-based observations. In the third year of the project, the RA will also communicate remotely with and help support researchers in Mexico applying the PoP research method in the local educational context. Much of the data will likely be in Spanish, so the RA should be fluent and comfortable communicating in and translating Spanish. Some travel to Colombia and possibly Mexico should be expected.
In addition to focusing on the Latin American strand, the RA is a participating member of the full PoP project. This includes attending cross-strand team meetings, contributing to the development of PoP ideas and a playful learning framework, conducting literature reviews, and designing playful learning tools and resources. The RA will also collaborate with other members of the team on preparing and disseminating case studies, articles, papers, and presentations for a wide range of stakeholders.
Some administrative duties should be expected. These may include, but are not limited to:
keeping a log of Colombian-related project activities
managing schedules and calendars for the Colombian work
coordinating research trips
preparing expense forms and reimbursements
preparing for and documenting meetings
Position is temporary and grant-funded through 6/30/21, with likelihood of continuation.
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Salary Grade: 054
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Two or more years related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience), preferably in a school setting, working with teachers, and/or working with qualitative data or on an educational research project.
Spanish fluency required.
Position requires finalist to undergo a background screening including a CORI and SORI.
The RA should be comfortable communicating and collaborating with different stakeholders, including research partners, school staff, and families, and with racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities. Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in play, education, and/or social change. The RA should demonstrate close attention to detail and have very strong writing, analytic, and verbal communication skills. The RA should be comfortable working independently and be a strong team player; collaboration is a must. 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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