Two Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD Scholarships are available to conduct research within an Australian Research Council funded Linkage Project. The project is titled: ‘Young children in digital society: Building an Online Tool’. This project involves working with children, families and educators to identify the practices in the best interests of young children growing up in digital society. The identified practices will feature as exemplars hosted in an Online Tool to help leading Australian organisations support children, families and educators in the best possible use of technologies.
To facilitate engagement with children, families and educators, this project will draw on the practice-advice provided in the Early Childhood Australia Statement on Young Children and Digital Technologies. The ECA Statement is the first nationally comprehensive document to summarise research and provide advice to educators and families about young children using technologies in four main areas: 1) Relationships; 2) Health and Wellbeing; 3) Citizenship; 4) Play and Pedagogy.
The Partner Organisations working on this project are the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Federal Police, Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Deeper Richer, Early Childhood Australia, Raising Children Network and the Office of eSafety.
About Australian Catholic University
ACU is a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy. Research excellence at ACU is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts global experts, students and collaborators from across the globe. These PhD scholarships are offered in the field of Education. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, ACU is ranked in the among the world’s top 100 universities for Education. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment Education research at ACU scored above world standard. For the 2018 Engagement and Impact (EI) assessment, Education research at ACU was ranked high impact.
About Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education
The Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE) is a national research institute hosting a team of internationally-renowned researchers and international scholars undertaking nationally-funded research studies with a range of industry-funded partners. Our research draws on both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and includes large-scale, longitudinal studies and meta-analyses. A priority focus is on research relating to policy and practice.
ILSTE’s research includes six priority areas:
- Assessment, evaluation and student learning
- Sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics in education
- Early childhood futures
- Educational semiotics in English and literacy pedagogy
- Teacher education, quality and professional practice
- Data analytics and learning interventions.
Our researchers are concerned with generating and disseminating new knowledge to improve the learning outcomes of children and young people, especially those experiencing disadvantage and who are at risk.
ILSTE provides a forum for researchers, scholars, policy makers and practitioners to collaborate and share evidence-based knowledge to address barriers to achievement and learning engagement faced by young people. Further information about the Institute can be found at: http://www.lsia.acu.edu.au
About the scholarship
The two Australian Government RTP PhD Scholarships are being offered to support the work of this project within one of the four main areas of advice provided in the Early Childhood Australia Statement on Young Children and Digital Technologies.
The Scholarships are available for high-performing candidates, with some prior experience in working in industry and interested in researching in any of the following aspects concerning young children and digital technologies:
- Young children, families and educators using digital technologies for communication, information sharing, documenting learning and/or collaboration.
- Young children’s interactions with digital technologies for optimal health and wellbeing, including physical activity and fine motor development.
- Young children, families and educators’ understanding of the internet as a foundation for digital citizenship in the early years, including children’s online safety, privacy and digital data management in early childhood education and care settings.
- Young children and digital play in the early years, with a focus on how educators understand digital play and provide for digital pedagogies in early childhood education and care settings.
Professor Susan Edwards is the lead Chief Investigator of the project and will provide supervision for the candidate. ACU is undertaking this project with other universities (Deakin University, Curtin University and LaTrobe University) and industry-based partners.
PhD eligibility criteria
Scholarship eligibility criteria
This scholarship is open to domestic candidates who are either a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, or a citizen of New Zealand.
In addition to the PhD program eligibility criteria, applicants should:
- Demonstrate interest and/or industry experience in a variety of issues concerning young children and digital technologies, such as digital play, assessment and learning using digital technologies, digital citizenships, peer and family relationships using technologies and/or physical activity relative to technology use in the early years.
Study mode and location
Full-time for three (3) years based at ACU's Melbourne campus, commencing Research Term C 2020.
Value and duration
- A Research Training Program Stipend of A$33,092 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress and full-time study mode; and
- A Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship; that is a tuition fee waiver.
Friday 8th May 2020
How to apply
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Susan Edwards before submitting an application for the PhD program and this scholarship:
T: 03 9953 3531
To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must submit all documentation required for an application to the PhD program at ACU, as detailed in the ‘How to Apply’ instructions on the ACU Research Web Page, plus:
- A cover letter detailing demonstrated interest and/or experience in issues concerning young children and digital technologies. such as digital play, assessment and learning using digital technologies, digital citizenship, peer and family relationships using technologies and/or physical activity relative to technology use in the early years.
For general candidature enquiries, email Candidature Services on email@example.com, with the subject line ‘Young Children in Digital Society PhD Stipend Scholarship’.