[ASC-list] PhD scholarships in Astro/Physics communication: "Measuring the effectiveness of specialist science enrichment programs"

Phil Dooley p.dooley at physics.usyd.edu.au
Mon Nov 30 00:54:39 UTC 2009

> Some PhD scholarships with a slightly different theme.  Please forward to
> anyone you think may be interested...
> Dear Colleagues
> We are seeking three highly motivated PhD students to work within a project
> funded by the Australian Research Council, the Graham (Polly) Farmer
> Foundation and the Gravity Discovery Centre. The title of the project is
> ³Measuring the Effectiveness of Specialist Science Enrichment Programs².
> Please forward the attachment with details of 3 Three APAI scholarships to
> potentially interested people. Brief description below.
> Closing date is 15th December.
> ³Candidates
> Candidates could be experienced science teachers with appropriate
> qualifications, recent Bachelor of Science or Engineering graduates with an
> interest in education, or graduates of double degrees that combine science
> with arts or social sciences. All should have a serious interest in astronomy
> and physics and in working with school students. Candidates will be expected
> to develop education programmes, work closely with school classes and then
> evaluate student responses. The PhD students will be expected to focus their
> research on one of three types of educational programs all delivered through
> the Gravity Discovery Centre as follows:
> a)    Specialised Enrichment: Innovative high quality programs already
> developed by the Gravity Discovery Centre and comparable to many enrichment
> programs offered by diverse facilities across Australia. These activities
> include both pre-visit and post-visit classroom activities and international
> links.
> b)    Motivating through Research: Students will use the Zadko telescope and
> interact with research students. This aspect of the program will enable
> students to discover new astronomical objects and to provide improved data for
> known objects (asteroids, near Earth objects, gamma ray bursts and
> supernovae).
> c)    Learning through Narrative: Students will use the Cosmology Gallery
> facilities. Here we will focus on the story of the universe and compare
> cultural creation stories at the Gravity Discovery Centre with the scientific
> story. This unique facility is specifically designed for multi-cultural
> approaches to learning.
> We particularly welcome applications from people with special interest in
> working with Indigenous students, with specialised knowledge of astronomy and
> teaching through a narrative approach.²
> *******************************************
> A/Professor M G Zadnik
> Dept of Imaging and Applied Physics
> Curtin University
> GPO Box U 1987
> Perth, 6845
> Western Australia
> Tel:        + 61 8 9266 2326
> Fax         +61 8 9266 2377
> Office      Building 301.113
> email       m.zadnik at curtin.edu.au
> CRICOS Provider Code 00301J
> *******************************************

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