|Company||Human Sciences Research Council|
|Reference #||TIMMS – IED –ART/03/2021|
|Location||Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa|
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.
The Inclusive Economic Development (IED) division of the Human Sciences Research Council undertakes research that aims to transform educational outcomes and increase economic participation. It recognises that education and the economy have long been linked, and thus conducts research in both areas, sometimes discreetly, often overlapping, and through a multidisciplinary lens.
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), within the IED Division is looking for experienced researchers to produce academic working papers. Please see below for details.
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an assessment of the mathematics and science knowledge of fourth and eighth grade students around the world. TIMSS was developed by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) to allow participating nations to compare students’ educational achievement across borders. (see www.iea.nl/ for details). TIMSS provides estimates of mathematics and science achievement and attempts to explain the performance using contextual information. The goal is to help countries make informed decisions about how to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science.
TIMSS in South Africa
TIMSS 2019 in South Africa
TIMSS Secondary Analysis
The HSRC is planning a training programme on the use of TIMSS Data. You may want to work with an HSRC TIMSS researcher.
Calls for Research Proposals
The assignment will be to produce a research proposal of the topic to be researched and if successful a 25 to 30 page working paper on a specific topic / field of research from either the TIMSS Grade 9 or Grade 5 datasets. The analysis should provide information and insights which feed into the education goal for building achievements and bridging achievement gaps in South Africa.
Submission for consideration
We are inviting researchers to submit a 5-page proposal which clearly articulates the problem statement, the research question and your theoretical and methodological approach to analyse the survey data to produce a working paper.
In addition to the proposal you need to submit a budget to conduct this analysis.
You need to submit a full CV with at least two examples of similar work produced.
The proposal will be peer-reviewed and the HSRC will enter into a contract with researchers/ organisations with successful proposals.
The Working Paper
The major task of the successful proposals is to produce a 25 – 30 page working paper.
The working paper should follow the structure of:
•Introduction and Rationale for the Study;
•Findings and Conclusions; and
•Discussion and Implications for policy and practice to improve quality and decrease inequality in education.
The working paper will be peer reviewed before acceptance and should lead to a peer reviewed journal publication.
•Experienced researchers with an established research career as evidenced by peer reviewed publications
• Proven experience in analysis of large datasets, especially high using inferential statistical methods
• A PhD in either the Social or Economic Science
• High level of competency in SAS, Stata or SPSS
The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements.
Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com
Please note the following:
•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone
Details about the HSRC can be found at www.hsrc.ac.za
Only applications that comply with the listed above requirements will be considered.
Closing date: 15 April 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to the closing date. If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.
The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.
APPLICATIONS FROM RECRUITMENT AGENCIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
|Job Closing Date||10/05/2021|