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KESS2 Scholarship: Promoting children’s social, emotional and language competencies in the early years

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  • Full or part time
    Prof J Hutchings
    Dr M Williams
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

Children’s early years are extremely important in predicting their long term outcomes. The Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention, in the School of Psychology, has been undertaking work with children, parents, teachers, health visitors nursery staff, foster carers and other early years practitioners for many years. Its work has included a particular focus on developing children’s language, social and emotional regulation and problem solving skills. These are the core skills that predict good academic outcomes with language skills underpinning social and emotional regulation and problem solving skills.

This scholarship is linked to a PhD project to promote language and social skills in preschool children through a Book Sharing programme delivered by school staff to parents of nursery and reception aged children.

The successful candidate will analyse video-recorded data of parents and children sharing books. The data will be coded for parent and child use of language including frequency and complexity of language use. The thesis will provide an opportunity to explore relevant literature. In addition to analysing the relationship between observed parent and child language use the student will also undertake a small evaluation based on the coded observational data of the impact of the book sharing programme. The student will also be able to learn about the many strands of research within the centre.

For further information on this scholarship please contact
Professor Judy Hutchings ([Email Address Removed]) or Dr Margiad Williams ([Email Address Removed]

How to Apply
To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Professor Judy Hutchings ([Email Address Removed]), cc to Penny Dowdney ([Email Address Removed]).

Funding Notes

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

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