Wednesday, 4 March 2009

New PhD Research Studentship

The Caledonian Academy is offering a 3-year studentship to carry out research leading to a PhD investigating the role of social networks in enhancing learners’ transition from education to the workplace and supporting knowledge work. This PhD studentship is funded, and will be supervised by the Caledonian Academy. The studentship offers a unique opportunity to work with an internationally-renowned research team which has strong links with leading research centres and global corporations.

Research project
Although employers demand, and universities aspire to produce, independent learners, the gap between education and work has widened in recent years. This project is based on the premise that understanding the ways individuals operate as independent or self-regulated learners in educational settings and in the workplace is an important component of enhancing transition. Most previous work on these issues has focused on individual learning activities, ignoring the role of the collective in supporting the individual, co-constructing knowledge, and influencing goals and motivations. This project will redress the balance, investigating the networks that learners develop during their study in university, the impact these have, and how they are maintained and extended when new graduates enter the workplace, the resources learners draw on (human and physical, face-to face and online), and the reasons why they choose these resources.

The fellowship is open to candidates from EU countries and the closing date for applications is 17 April 2009.

Further details of the studentship including educational requirements and instructions for applicants are available as a PDF document: learningthroughnetworking.pdf

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