The National Institute of Education (NIE) in collaboration with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, invites suitable applications for the position of Research Assistant on an 18-month contract at the Office of Education Research (OER), Education and Cognitive Development Lab (ECDL).
Project Title: Technology-based tools for teaching early literacy skills
Project Introduction: The overall project objective is to investigate cognitive mechanisms related to learning early literacy skills, and to apply findings expressly to educational interventions for struggling learners.
The project includes a multi-method approach through two studies:
i. Study 1 uses a class of machine learning computational methods (neural networks) to examine models of learning sound-symbol correspondence for the deep orthography of English.
ii. Study 2 applies findings from Study 1 to the teaching of letter-sound correspondences using technology-based tools with primary-1 students in a Learning Support Program (LSP).
This position involves programming the computational models for Study 1. The investigation includes running simulations with the models to simulate learning across different conditions, with varying input and model characteristics. Findings will contribute to our understanding of best methods for teaching early literacy skills to diverse learners. The study is headed by Dr Beth O’Brien (ECDL, NIE) and Dr Luca Onnis (LEAP lab, NTU).