Research Employment Opportunity
Research Coordinator (Part-time)
Understanding the perceptions of play-based education in communities experiencing an achievement gap
The Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre (ECCRC) seeks a part-time Research Coordinator to support data collection (qualitative) and coordination of the research project. The overall purpose of this project is to understand the parental and early child care educators’ perceptions of play, with a specific focus on outdoor risky play as a mechanism for development and learning. This study will explore parents’ perceptions of outdoor risky play in African Nova Scotian communities where the children are experiencing an achievement gap. This research focuses on three goals:
1. To understand how play-based learning and outdoor risky play is perceived in African Nova Scotian communities, specifically by parents and guardians of African Nova Scotian children and early childhood educators working in Pre-primary Programs and child care centres.
2. To create opportunities for dialogue between African Nova Scotian parents and early childhood educators working in African Nova Scotian communities related to the benefits and challenges of play-based learning on the educational achievement of African Nova Scotian children.
3. To engage the community in knowledge mobilization through an event to share the results and discuss community-based actions.
This research project is positioned within the research programs of Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac (Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre, Mount Saint Vincent University), Dr. Barbara Hamilton-Hinch (School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University) and Crystal Watson (Ph.D. Health Candidate, Dalhousie University).
The research coordinator will manage the research project, including project planning, coordinating data collection, literature reviews, conducting the focus groups, analyze qualitative data and developing products to communicate research findings. In addition, coordinate and schedule research team meetings.
This project is funded through the Inter-university Research Network (IURN) at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The incumbent will also be required to perform related administrative office and other tasks as needed.
·Completed or enrolled in a Master’s degree program in a related field (Faculty of Health, Social Sciences, Early Childhood, and Education).
·Experience with qualitative research and/or evaluation, including conducting and analyzing interviews. Experience with qualitative data analysis software an asset.
·Self-motivated and able to work independently, as well as a member of a team.
·Excellent writing, interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
·Experience with basic administrative functions and working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
·Experience working collaboratively with community-based research, familiarity and comfortability with the African Nova Scotian community is an asset.
Status: Part-time (10-15 hrs/week January – August, with the potential for increased hours in the Spring/Summer)
Start Date: January 18, 2021
Pay Scale: $18-21 per hour, plus fringe benefits
Deadline for application: January 4, 2021
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. We thank all applicants; however, only selected candidates will be contacted. Interested parties should forward a cover letter with specific details on experience with qualitative evaluation or research, current CV as well as a list of 2-3 references (with contact information) to:
Marlene Ramos (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Research Projects Manager
Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre
Mount Saint Vincent University
Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within our community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of our campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. We thank all candidates for their application but only those selected for an interview will be contacted
Our Research Team
Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac, Assistant Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Early Childhood: Diversity and Transitions, is the Principal Investigator and Director of ECCRC.
Our multidisciplinary research staff consists of professionals and students at the undergraduate and graduate levels from diverse disciplines. We support capacity building and skills development through intentional goal-setting and teamwork.