About the Project
In India, there is no provision or support for physical education in government run primary schools. Slum Soccer is embarking on an ambitious project to develop a sustainable ecosystem to provide training and resources to teachers that will enable them to provide effective PE in primary schools of rural areas of Nagpur district. This project provides opportunities for curriculum development, coach training development, teacher training and peer mentoring support. Each element will require evaluation of the efficacy of the programmes within the schools, with the children, and within the wider communities. There is consistent reporting of the impact of Slum Soccer, and this programme will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to evidence the potential power of sport to facilitate positive change with much wider cultural implications.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and capable PhD candidate to work with Slum Soccer to develop, evaluate, and understand the impact of the Slum Soccer Primary Education project. You will be based at Edinburgh Napier University but work with Slum Soccer directly. You will gain an understanding of the power of sport to facilitate personal growth, and gain a unique insight into how sport education might foster cultural development and transitions.
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in Psychology or Sport and Exercise Psychology with a good fundamental knowledge of physical activity and behaviour change.
English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.
Experience of fundamental psychology or social science research methods
Competent in literature review and critical analysis
Knowledge of Social psychology and Developmental psychology
Good written and oral communication skills
Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
Good time management
A good understanding of the power of sport or community participation for positive developmental outcomes
• Completed application form
• 2 academic references, using the Postgraduate Educational Reference Form (Found on the application process page)
• A personal research statement (This should include (a) a brief description of your relevant experience and skills, (b) an indication of what you would uniquely bring to the project and (c) a statement of how this project fits with your future direction.)
• Evidence of proficiency in English (if appropriate)
This is a self-funding PhD opportunity
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