The DevTech Research Group has an opening for a postdoctoral position starting in September 2022 at its new home at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. The DevTech Research Group, led by Professor Marina Umaschi Bers, aims to understand how new technologies can play a positive role in children’s development and learning. The postdoctoral position requires expertise in statistical data analysis with large data sets to work in the “Coding as Another Language” (CAL) project funded by the US Department of Education.
CAL implements and evaluates the use of ScratchJr in K-2 classrooms through partnerships with Rhode Island and Boston public schools over the course of two years. The CAL curriculum engages young children in developing computational thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills while learning how to create their own interactive projects by programming with ScratchJr. The project accomplishes the following goals: Create a comprehensive, field-tested, high-quality, integrated K-2 computer science (CS) curriculum and suite of teaching materials and implementation supports that will be free and publicly available.
Achieve high fidelity of implementation in grades K-2 resulting in improvements in student learning outcomes as well as improvements in teachers’ pedagogy and content knowledge to implement the curriculum.
Build capacity of Tech Leaders, technology coordinators, and specialized coaches to replicate and sustain work following the grant period.
- Broaden participation in CS education from students currently underrepresented in CS education including females, racial/ethnic minorities, and students with disabilities.
- The curriculum is being evaluated for impact. The impact study uses a randomized control trial design with delayed treatment. Impact is assessed through differences in learning outcomes in the treatment and control group, looking at computational thinking and coding skills, math, and language development. A transfer and sustainability study will compare fidelity of implementation across groups/cohorts and measure perceived sustainability through interviews with teachers and Tech Leaders via the development of a strategic plan.
- The ideal candidate has PhD in psychology, statistics, child development or education, or another social science discipline, with a strong background in quantitative and qualitative methods. Practical experience in an education or evaluation project is a plus. The work involves integrating and analyzing multiple, large data sets from disparate sources (primary and secondary data), conducting professional development workshops for teachers, and publishing extensively.
- demonstrated experience with exploratory, correlational and inference data analysis, especially hierarchical modeling
- knowledge of research design principles and educational measurement principles, including familiarity with psychometric concepts such as validity and reliability.
- experience with qualitative research methods and research software.
- expertise in a research-oriented programming language (preferably R) for manipulating data and conducting statistical analyses
- experience with data management and collaborative work tools
- experience (or willingness to quickly learn) Qualtrics to design and conduct surveys
- good project management, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills
- excellent communication and writing skills for both technical and non-technical audiences
- excellent interpersonal skills and desire to work with teachers in professional development settings.
The postdoctoral scholar will be a key member of the DevTech team with significant research responsibilities focused on methodology and data analysis, direct work with teachers through teaching professional development workshops, the production of publications as well as the development of proposals to extend the research. This is a one year appointment (with the possibility to extend) starting in September, 2022.
If you are interested, please check the DevTech website and the CAL project at http://ase.tufts.edu/devtech/ and send your CV and cover letter describing your interest in the project and your skills to firstname.lastname@example.org
The DevTech Research Group is located in
the Eliot-Pearson Dept. of Child Study & Human Development.
Director: Prof. Marina Umaschi Bers, PhD
Lab Manager: Jessica Blake-West
DevTech Email: email@example.com
DevTech Phone Number: 617-627-3396
The DevTech Lab is located at Room #130 in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University, 105 College Ave in Medford, MA 02155.
DevTech Research Group is no longer accepting interns for Spring or Summer 2022.
If you are interested in still being involved with our studies, please reach out to our DoEd Project Coordinator, Parastu Dubash at firstname.lastname@example.org, to inquire about Assessement Team positions.
High School Students
Thank you for your interest in the DevTech Internship! We love to have motivated high school students intern with us and we can offer letters of recommendation for college. As a DevTech intern you will be able to work on projects that will promote the use of coding and robotics for young children’s learning in different contexts. If you want to learn more about our research, please check out our website http://sites.tufts.edu/devtech/. We are currently conducting interdisciplinary research that integrates learning technologies, such as KIBO and ScratchJr, with neuroscience, linguistics, and socio-emotional learning. If interested, please contact email@example.com.
Finding Eliot-Pearson Building
If you’re taking the T: You can either take the Red line to Davis Square and take the 94 bus to College Ave @ Boston Ave, or the Green line to Lechmere and take the 80 bus to College Ave @ Boston Ave.
If you’re driving: Follow these directions to the Eliot-Pearson Building. If you need parking: For cars, there is $8/day all day parking at the cousins Gym Parking Lot at 360 College Ave, Medford. You can also find card-or-cash metered spots on College Ave (these can be paid hourly, or for $5 you can park all day until midnight). For bikes, there is a free bike rack located outside the front entrance to the building.
Finding the DevTech Lab: When you walk into the Eliot-Pearson building, go through the glass double-door entrance. Go straight through another set of double red doors that leads to a hallway, then walk through a third set of double doors and take a left past the vending machines. We are located inside of Room#129. There will be signs posted to help you find our lab, which is Room #130.