The Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) – the research and advisory division of the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) – seeks an energetic, dedicated, and collaborative researcher to support a new initiative on the role of technology, interactive media, and digital tools in early learning and development. In collaboration with the Director of Research and the CCC team, the fellow will lead a multi-phase project including a literature review of the intersections of child development and traditional and emerging forms of technology, an evaluation study in BADM’s Fab Lab, and a position paper based on the findings from the evaluation study and literature review.
How do we leverage technology to boost creativity, develop conceptual thinking skills, and enhance human interactions in a child’s first decade of life? How can we create experiences that bridge virtual and digital environments with hands-on, interactive learning to support children’s development? How can research on early childhood development and learning inform our understanding of the ways in which children use, learn, and interact with technology? If you are curious about these issues, can distill complex research findings into takeaways for educators and parents of young children, and can write engagingly for a non-academic audience, then this Fellowship will interest you. We seek a candidate that has a passion for and knowledge of research in a range of topic areas – including early childhood development, family media and learning, technology in early childhood, and STEM education – and is excited to work collaboratively with our diverse team on this exciting research project.
This is a full-time, exempt, temporary position reporting to the Director of Research at the CCC. The position starts in September 2018 and runs through December 2019 based on current funding.
Review, summarize, and translate academic research on a range of topics including: cognitive, social, and physical development in the preschool and early elementary years; the impact of technology and digital media on children’s learning and development; pedagogical principles, teaching strategies, and family engagement best practices for using technology in early childhood; and coding and robotics as tools for early learning in STEM.
In collaboration with the CCC team, lead the design and data collection and analysis of an evaluation study in BADM’s Fab Lab to investigate the integration of technology with early childhood education.
Write research-based articles on technology in early childhood and related topics for the CCC’s blog and social media channels targeting parents and educators.
In collaboration with the Director of Research, identify researchers and practitioners across a variety of academic disciplines such as psychology, education, and communication to provide guidance on identifying high caliber and innovative research on technology in early childhood.
Provide support on CCC research projects as needed.
Ph.D. in psychology, education, learning sciences, communication or other related field.
Exemplary communication skills, both oral and written. Demonstrated competency in writing for both lay and academic audiences, and ability to translate complex research findings for a range of audiences.
Experience leading in-depth research projects (preferably with qualitative data) with the ability to design observational and empirical studies, conduct data analysis, and write reports and manuscripts.
Understanding of and respect for creativity (defined broadly as the openness, flexibility, and persistence to solve problems in innovative ways) and STEM education.
Passion for designing and evaluating evidence-based, learning-rich programs for children and families.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team.
Tolerance of ambiguity, change, and a fast-paced work environment; ability to manage pressure and tight timelines with flexibility, strong prioritization, and positivity.
Must be available to work onsite at BADM a minimum of 2 days a week, Monday through Friday.
Applicants should be prepared to provide a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (preferably one written for a non-academic audience). Please attach your cover letter and writing sample in step 2 of the online application process when prompted to attach other documents.
NOTE TO CANDIDATE
Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.
WHAT WE OFFER
The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through BADM’s Center for Childhood Creativity.
The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.
About Bay Area Discovery Museum
The Discovery School is a Reggio-inspired preschool housed at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, utilizing child-directed curriculum and based on current educational research coming out of the Center for Childhood Creativity. Our program is the first licensed preschool housed within a Museum in California, and we are fortunate to offer a low student to teacher ratio, an incredibly warm parent community, and opportunities to collaborate with staff of both the Museum and the research based CCC (Center for Childhood Creativity). In addition, we are blessed with a beautiful natural setting, looking out over San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge as we step out of the classroom.
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