QUT Faculty of Education
Supporting children with early childhood self-regulation skills is of utmost importance if we wish children to have every chance of a positive school transition, and positive wellbeing and learning trajectories. Approximately 30% of Australian children are likely to need additional support with self-regulation. One approach with high potential and of particular relevance to early childhood settings, is rhythm and movement engagement. Researchers have identified that various domains of learning and development are enhanced by rhythmic participation, and understanding about the neurological processes responsible for such effects is increasing. The Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation (RAMSR) program was developed using evidence and theory related to beat synchronisation, cognitive benefits of music participation and coordinated movement, and music therapy principles. It is designed to be delivered by early childhood teachers with no prior music experience required, and with very few resources needed for implementation. Pilot data suggests the program has potential to be effective in relation to children’s self-regulatory growth, with the current project investigating this in more depth using a randomised control trial.
A scholarship opportunity exists for a domestic or international student studying a PhD or EdD (Doctor of Education) in the Faculty of Education, QUT. The student will work as part of the Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation (RAMSR) team led by Associate Professor Kate Williams and funded by the Australian Research Council. The RAMSR program is delivered by early childhood teachers in the preschool year with the specific aim of enhancing children’s attentional and emotional regulation, and executive functions.
In this project, the research student will either
a) Follow child RAMSR participants and the control group to their Prep year (2021) and measure relevant outcomes at this follow-up time point; or b) Develop a project of interest that aligns with the broader RAMSR program of work and may include a focus on child feedback, teacher professional development approaches, adaptation and evaluation of the program for younger or older children, special populations, or with parents.
Because scholarship numbers are limited, QUT conducts one highly competitive scholarship selection round each year. If you wish to be considered for this scholarship, you must apply for a PhD or EdD (Doctor of Education) at QUT before the closing date of the annual scholarship round (30 September 2019 for studies commencing in 2020), and indicate on your course application that you want to be considered for one of our main scholarships.
For more information on research degrees and scholarships visit https://www.qut.edu.au/education/courses-and-study/phds-and-research-degrees .
For more information on the Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation project, contact Associate Professor Kate Williams: k15.williams[at]qut.edu.au