Cognitive and health antecedents of achievement at school

Project Code: 10470974

Faculty: Faculty of Education and Social Work

Department: Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Main Supervisor: Associate Professor Gavin Brown

Principal investigator: Dist Prof Jane Harding

Application open date: 08 Dec 2020

Application deadline: 31 May 2021

Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International



Studies of interventions before and around the time of birth such as clinical trials or treating low glucose levels commonly measure effects on cognitive and motor development at 2 years of age.  However, it is not clear how well these measures predict children’s success at school.

This project will involve examining previously collected data at ages 2 and 4.5 years as predictors of academic performance in early primary schooling (age 9). Measures include cognitive, motor, behavioural, and health indicators for children in the CHYLD study.




What we are looking for in a successful applicant


You should have experience in an education-related discipline. Examples include (but are not limited to) educational psychology, education, developmental psychology, psychometrics, and social science data analysis.



The objective of the project is to ascertain relationships between early measures of development and academic outcomes at age 9 years.



Other information


In addition to the main supervisor, Professor Gavid Brown (Faculty of Education and Social Work), you will be supervised by at least one of: Dr Chris McKinlay, Associate Professor Trecia Wouldes and/or Distinguished Professor Jane Harding.


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