About the Project
Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified UK/EU graduates for a fully funded PhD studentship at one of the University Research Centres (Global Learning: Education and Attainment – GLEA), for a September 2020 start. The Centre conducts fundamental research that impacts upon the higher education sector, creating better futures and societies.
This studentship will capture changes in self-concept and self-efficacy, as a result of COVID-19, in students with disabilities/neurodiversities. A recent report by the National Association of Disability Practitioners (NADP) (2020) on COVID-19 suggests the move to asynchronous learning has benefitted some students by promoting flexible study, and a greater adoption of beneficial Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles (CAST, 2020).
However, increased isolation from classmates and tutors is likely to have had a range of different effects on individuals with different patterns of strengths and weaknesses. The NADP report also highlights students’ difficulties. Making information accessible is crucial for students with a wide range of disabilities. Neurodivergent students, in particular, report many concerns with online conferencing where the demand for multi-tasking is high and different platforms have different formats. Others report heightened anxiety levels associated with lockdown compounded by reduced access to care, help or facilities, and having to organise space and time for their own study. These initial insights indicate a need for further in-depth understanding of the real impact of the change on students’ self-concept and self-efficacy as learners in the short and medium-term providing the focus for an interpretive grounded theory study (Strauss and Corbin, 1994).
The studentship will focus on the following:
• Investigating the impact of COVID-19 on changes in academic self-concept and self-efficacy in students with disabilities/neurodiversities
• Identifying what factors promote self-efficacy in these groups.
• Classifying the pedagogic strategies promoting inclusive online delivery, assessment and feedback (characteristic of universal design).
Training and Development
The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.
Entry criteria for applicants to PHD
• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
For further details see: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/making-an-application/
How to apply
To find out more about the project please contact Prof Lynn Clouder – [Email Address Removed]
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All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus an up to 2000-word statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.