Temporary Part-time

US Division

HQ: Waltham, MA

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC)
EDC is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms. EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.
 
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The Center for Children and Technology (CCT) is a research and development center within Education Development Center, Inc. and is based in New York City. Founded in 1980, CCT investigates how technology can influence and enhance teaching and learning across a wide range of educational settings. CCT conducts basic, applied, causal and formative research, working in collaboration with educational, corporate, government and research institutions. CCT also designs and develops prototype software and instructional resources that support engaged, active learning. CCT offers a dynamic and highly collaborative work environment that seeks to answer challenging and practical questions about teaching and learning, and is centered on teachers and students and the tools that can help create successful learning environments.
 
EDC’s Center for Children and Technology is seeking a part-time, temporary, field researcher to assist with a research study taking place during the 2017-2018 school year that focuses on early a computational thinking program targeting four-year old children in formal child care settings in Kentucky’s Floyd and McGoffin Counties. As part of this work, data collectors would visit preschool programs in Floyd and McGoffin Counties of Kentucky to collect data from children participating in an exploratory STEM education project.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
All staff are expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. All jobs require adherence to EDC policies & procedures. Under management oversight the Assessor provides support to qualitative and/or quantitative investigation efforts, and will:
• Participate in training with researchers to ensure proper data collection procedures;
• Obtain necessary permissions to visit and assess children in participating sites;
• Make all travel arrangements for assessment activities, and scheduling arrangements with sites for visits. This includes visits to participating preschool centers in Floyd and McGoffin Counties approximately every three months from September 2017 – May 2018 (for example, September, December, March, May);
• Complete Human Subjects Research Training;
• Conduct individual assessment in educational settings with preschool students;
• Entry of assessment data into reporting forms and submission to EDC’s research team in a timely fashion;
• Periodic check-ins with the project lead (occurring following each data collection period) to monitor ongoing data collection progress and discussing any issues as they occur.
 
QUALIFICATIONS
This position requires educational achievement; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:
• Availability during week-day mornings during the 2017-18 school year for approximately 12 hours per week. In particular, potential candidates must be available during the following times:  between 12 and 20 hours per week for a 4 week period in September 2017, December 2017, March 2018, and May 2018.  Applicants must be available during these time periods for the study, and during school hours.
• Ideal candidates for this position will have previous experience conducting assessments with child subjects and/or experience working with either Pre-Kindergarten-aged children;
• Undergraduate and graduate school coursework in psychology, education, or early childhood is a plus;
• Experience in serving as a teacher or assistant teacher in an early childhood center or in a middle school, or with conducting assessments with children is a plus;
• Reliable transportation to and from preschool research sites;
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education & experience
• Master’s degree or equivalent combination of training & education in a related field preferred
• 2–4 years related experience such as teaching or assistant teaching in early childhood or elementary classrooms preferred
 
CONTACT
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Waltham, MA 02453
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