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Post-doctoral position at University of Granada: Apply for an Athenea3i-2018 Research Fellowship at the Department of MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology

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    31/10/2018 09:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Gracia Jiménez Fernández, from the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for an Athenea3i Research Fellowship in 2018 at this University. The information about the Fellowship conditions, how to apply, Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process, Evaluation Process, etc. is available in https://athenea3i.ugr.es/. Please note that applicants must comply with the Eligibility Criteria (https://athenea3i.ugr.es/?page_id=23).  

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. It serves more than 60000 students per year, including many foreign students, as UGR is the leader host institution in the Erasmus program. UGR, featuring 3650 professors and more than 2000 auxiliary personnel, offers a total of 75 degrees through its 112 departments and 28 centers.

UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding. UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking (http://www.arwu.org/), and it is also well recognized for its web presence (http://www.4icu.org/top200/).

Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of H2020, both at partner and coordination. For the duration of the Seventh Framework Programme, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 17.97 million euros, and for H2020, until 2015, more than 25 projects with total funding of more than 6 million euros. Our more than 3,000 researchers are grouped into 365 research groups covering all scientific fields and disciplines.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

The research group HUM-820 (Reading and Writing in Spanish) [LEE. Lectura y Escritura en Español] is a multisdisplinary research group formed by academics and researchers from the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology of the University of Granada, Spain. Our research group has successfully participated and led several national and European research projects. This research has led to relevant publications in top-class journals in the area of reading development (for futher information please visit:http://investigacion.ugr.es/ugrinvestiga/static/Buscador/*/grupos/ficha/HUM820).

Our research focuses on the study of the acquisition, development and relationship between spoken and written language skills, with a particular emphasis on literacy acquisition and learning disabilities such as dyslexia, specific language impairment and poor comprehenders.Major research themes are:

  • Reading and writing acquisition.
  • Learning disabilities.
  • Reading comprehension.
  • Intervention programs.
  • Prosodic processing.
  • Evidence-based practices.

Project description

One of the major challenges our modern society has to address in terms of education is the problems consequences of poor reading comprehension among Primary School children. This becomes relevant because of the significant consequences this problem entails: difficulties in this transversal ability contribute to individuals’ serious academic problems, personal and social limitations. In spite of this importance of this issue, little has been done to develop reading comprehension evidence-based intervention programs, that is, intervention activities in reading comprehension that are based on methodologies that have proved to be effective in practice.

The research goal of this project is thus to develop, validate and disseminate a reading comprehension program based on proved, effective practices aimed at 4th and 5th Grade Primary School children. An exhaustive literature review will be conducted to determine relevant studies on reading comprehension interventions.

After the intervention program is designed, in order to test the effectiveness of the program a pilot study will be carried out.

Based on the quantitative and the qualitative results of the pilot study, the final version of the intervention program will be developed. To evaluate the effectiveness of program, a pre-test/post-test design with wait list control groups will be used. Additionally, the long-term effectiveness of the intervention program will be assessed six months after the application of the program.

We are confident that the research conducted in this project will circumvent existing barriers between research and practice in order to respond to a major societal challenge: poor reading comprehension among Primary School children.

Research Area

  • Economic Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities (ECO-SOC)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Gracia Jiménez Fernández (gracijf@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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