Ford-Connors – Education/Reading

Evelyn Ford-Connors
econnors@bu.edu
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Work-Study Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

Are you interested in exploring how children learn to read and write? Are you curious about the field of education? The Donald D. Durrell Reading and Writing Clinic (RWC) at the School of Education serves students in elementary through high school who experience difficulty with reading and writing. After an initial evaluation of a student’s literacy-based strengths and needs, an individualized tutoring plan is created for each student and implemented during instructional sessions designed to improve reading and writing proficiency.

During the summer of 2014, the RWC will be collecting data for two research projects, and we are looking for someone to support all phases of this work. In the first project, we will be collecting data to examine a video-based model for coaching teachers in more comprehensive and strategic use of teacher talk. Support will include video-recording and audio-recording tutoring and coaching sessions; transcribing; compiling instructional data and samples of student work; collecting student outcome data; and data coding and analysis. The second project involves compiling and analyzing data related to a study of the instructional effectiveness of the RWC’s program. Responsibilities will include helping to collect and maintain student assessment data; supporting researchers in de-identifying relevant cases; and assisting with data analysis.

We expect both of these projects to lead to conference presentations and/or publication, and the research assistant will have the opportunity to assist in all facets of preparation.

This position requires that you work onsite in the RWC Monday through Thursday mornings during the summer; but other tasks relating to the project can be completed on a more flexible schedule.

UROP Information

The UROP Application is now open for Spring 2015 applications

Spring 2015 Funding Applications will be due on December 4th at noon

Spring 2015 UROP applicants will be notified in early January