The Joseph C. Cornwall Center at Rutgers University-Newark is interested in high-leverage interventions for improving the educational experience of New Jersey students, especially students from traditionally poorly-served groups. We anticipate needing research assistance (up to 19.75 hours/week) on a number of related projects during the 2021-2022 school year.
The ideal candidate will be a detail-oriented, responsive critical thinker with experience conducting research in and studying the social sciences (e.g., anthropology, sociology, social or cultural psychology, social work, economics, education studies, political science, or an interdisciplinary field).
The first, in partnership with the Network of College Success from the University of Chicago, will evaluate a project intended to improve post-secondary outcomes in all of Newark’s comprehensive high schools. This involves creating a culture of data use so that fewer students get off track, leading to more students graduating and graduating with better GPAs. The research will be focused on the quality of program implementation, the ways teachers make sense of the process, and the nature of culture change in the high schools. (See https://www.gatesnotes.com/Education/On-the-right-track-in-Chicago)
The second project involves studying attempts to improve the quality of instruction in urban districts in New Jersey. We are interested in districts implementing curriculum and pedagogy that reflect the progressive or deeper learning traditions (See https://newestamericans.com for an example). This means a shift from procedural to conceptual understanding, integration of culturally appropriate content across areas of instruction, and having students play a more active role in their own learning. Here, too, we are interested in factors impeding or facilitating good implementation, the learning process for teachers, and the organizational supports (e.g., the Five Essentials) needed to support that process.
While these are our major projects for the year, RA’s may periodically be needed to work on other projects including prepping for a statewide conference and supporting local and national conversations about effective education for marginalized student groups.
• Collect qualitative data (e.g., assist with participant recruitment; conduct interviews and focus groups; observe classes/meetings/trainings/events and take detailed notes).
• Attend school meetings.
• Code and analyze data (e.g., field notes, transcripts, curricular documents) using Dedoose
• Assist with the preparation of reports, manuscripts, presentations, protocols, and IRB applications
• Conduct comprehensive literature reviews.
• Other responsibilities, as assigned.
· Master’s degree (complete or in progress) in a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
· Coursework in and/or experience with qualitative research methods (e.g., interviews, coding, document review)
· Familiarity with IRB and human subjects procedures
· Both the capacity and willingness to learn new software, work routines, and research methods
· Ability to work independently and accurately without direct supervision
· Strong writing and editing skills
· Strong power point or data visualization skills.
· Website design and maintenance.