Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/School

Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice

School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Research centre

Supervisors

Dr Sally Savage
Position
Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice
Associate Professor Kate Williams
Position
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice

Overview

Rhythm & Movement for Self-Regulation (RAMSR) is a program developed by registered music therapists, and early childhood specialists, that teachers all adults working with young children to engage in rhythmic movement activities known to build brain architecture that supports self-regulation. Essentially, RAMSR seeks to bring the brain-building benefits associated with learning music to the masses in early childhood.

In 2016 and 2020, RAMSR studies showed the program was indeed effective in stimulating growth in attentional, emotional, and behavioural regulation for young children. The project is now in the stage of developing the next steps in this program of research (e.g. for important population such as children on the autism spectrum) and translating findings to the field. This includes development of professional resources for educators, and animated products for use by children at home.

Research activities

You will work with the diverse and highly motivated and welcoming RAMSR team. Your skillsets and interests will be matched with particular tasks, which include:

  • design of the future research agenda for the program
  • literature reviews to support future research applications
  • infographic and flyer design to support research translation
  • animation and digital product design to create new RAMSR products for audiences including parents and children.

Other areas of interest can also be considered.

Outcomes

Project outcomes will include:

  • digital and other resources designed for teachers, parents and children, based on rhythmic movement activities to improve young children's skills to regulate attention and behavior
  • infographics and other approaches to research translation (e.g. professional learning materials) created for different audiences,
  • a strategic and visionary future research agenda with supporting materials.

This will have significant benefits for positive school transition, and may help to address disparities in early learning and childhood wellbeing.

Skills and experience

You're encouraged to apply if you have skills or interest in:

  • working in early childhood settings
  • child development
  • creative digital and/or animation design
  • professional learning development
  • literature review
  • strategic and design thinking
  • music and sound production
  • film/TV production
  • movement studies
  • music

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Contact

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