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Fellowship Description

Research program title

External Knowledge Representations in Children’s Mathematics Learning

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Program description

The Postdoctoral Fellow will collaborate on a program of research that investigates children’s learning of mathematics, specifically as it relates to the use of external knowledge representations (e.g., manipulatives, drawings, formal symbols). The Fellow will examine the instructional, contextual, and cognitive conditions that are conducive to developing conceptual understanding in mathematics, especially with respect to children’s interpretations of representations in elementary classroom settings. The Fellow will design and lead research studies that involve: recruiting participants, collecting data with children in school settings, analyzing data and disseminating findings at conferences and in Tier I journals, organizing colloquia and seminars, and mentoring graduate students. The Fellow will also initiate and sustain collaborations with internal and external scholars.

Academic qualifications required

  • The ideal candidate will have a background in educational psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, or related field, with strong interest in mathematical cognition and instruction.
  • Excellent scientific writing skills and a strong publication record is desired.
  • Experience collecting data with children is required, and knowledge of schools is an asset.
  • Expertise in statistical analyses and the use of statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS) is essential.
  • Applicants should be able to work independently and with minimal supervision, but should also demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, a dedication to children and children’s learning, and an interest in working collaboratively with other scholars and practitioners.
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