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Understanding and Developing Student Preparedness: Investigating Behaviour and Performance Characteristics of Students During Activity Preparation

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Professional bodies and institutions are currently advising universities to innovate in their teaching and learning practices, and align their teaching with pedagogy, in order to produce high quality graduates. It is therefore important that these new developments not only increase student learning but also prepare them for the activities they must undertake. However, it is still unclear how students prepare for activities and how this preparation affects their confidence and attainment.

This project will investigate behavioural and performance characteristics of students when preparing for activities in order to explain the link between the use of these approaches and the development of learner’s preparedness. It will explore the development of students as they pass through their university career mapping out key activities they must prepare for and key skills they need. The proposed project will build on existing research carried out within the departments examine the behaviour of learners in actual teaching settings.

This project will suit a student with a background in; education, social sciences, psychology; or engineering, or chemistry with an interest in educational research.

This project will be jointly supervised by Dr Thomas Rodgers from the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science and Dr Jenny Slaughter from the School of Chemistry.

Funding Notes

This PhD project is initially offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with their own funding, or those applying to funding sources. However, excellent candidates will be eligible to be considered for a University scholarship.
Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science or education discipline. Candidates with masters level are preferred, but exceptional candidates at bachelors level can also be considered.

How good is research at University of Manchester in Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering?
Chemical Engineering

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.90

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