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PhD scholarship

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28 Nov 2014

downloadGlasgow Caledonian University calls for applications for a full-time PhD scholarship in a project entitled ‘Boys’ Toys’ and ‘Girls’ Toys’: Learning through play?.

The project is located at the Institute for Society and Social Justice Research (ISSJR), which is part of the Glasgow School for Business and Society.

The research project is described as follows:

With the resurgence of targeted marketing of ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ toys there has been concern that boys and girls are being channelled into restrictive gender specific play. The Curriculum for Excellence focuses much attention on the importance of learning through play and the Caledonian Club at GCU prioritises early intervention as a means for raising children’s own expectations. This PhD seeks to examine whether there are any links between children’s play, the gendered marketing of toys and their own expectations for the future. The scope of the PhD would be developed by the successful candidate and the supervisory team but we anticipate some of the following areas may be incorporated:

  • The impact of play on children? How do children learn through play?
  • Children’s own perspectives of toys
  • Can gender specific toys impact on children’s own expectations of self? What do toys teach children about gender?
  • The importance of early intervention in raising expectations and ambition at an earlier age
  • Adults’ roles in challenging or perpetuating gender expectations through toys, games and wider play
  • Developing innovative methods or working with children to answer the research questions

Further details on the scholarship (application deadline is 19 December) can be found HERE and HERE.

This PhD position connects to an earlier post on gender, toys, business and play (see HERE), and is nicely contrasted with this ONE.

posted by Roy Huijsmans





Applications are invited from potential applicants with an interest in the topic:  ‘Families’ sense of place and place attachment’ commencing in 2014.

Supervisors: Dr Christina Ergler & Associate Professor Claire Freeman (Department of Geography, University of Otago, New Zealand)

We are seeking a student willing to embark on a PhD and interested in working on a mixed-methods project on ‘Place attachment and social connection in urbanising societies’. Whilst place attachment is an area that is of established interest to geographers the role of children in forging place attachment for families is less well understood (Weller & Bruegel, 2009, Gordon, 2012).  The project seeks to critically explore broad questions around factors contributing to and hindering place attachment. In particular, the project is interested in how family members from different New Zealand communities develop or negotiate the complexity of place attachment through their social and physical mobilities (see also Freeman, 2010). In doing so, the research contributes to debates in geography, environmental psychology and planning with reference to multiplicities of place attachment.

Students with first class Honours or Master degrees and backgrounds in human geography, planning, childhood studies or sociology are encouraged to contact us. Knowledge of or interest in developing skills in a geographic information system as well as excellent oral and written communication skills are a requirement for this project.

The project is contingent on the applicant applying for and securing a University of Otago PhD Scholarship (international or domestic), satisfying University of Otago Ph.D. entry requirements and meeting New Zealand study visa requirements, if appropriate.

If you would like to discuss the project further please contact Christina Ergler via e-mail Christina.ergler@geography.otago.ac.nz or Claire Freeman cf@geography.otago.ac.nz.  Please send a CV (including academic transcripts) and a one page covering letter outlining why you consider  that you are a suitable candidate (this should cover what skills/knowledge you bring to the project, what aspects you find particularly interesting and any ideas you may have on how the project could be developed).

Information on the Otago University Geography Department and the supervisors for this project is available on http://www.geography.otago.ac.nz/

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