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15 June 2017

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The Making of Men: Comparing the Efficacy of Two Behavioural Programs for Year 10 Boys

Location: Brighton, VIC

Duration: 5 months

Project Background

A pilot four-day ‘Rites of Passage’ program will be run by The Making of Men for a select group of Year 10 students and their Fathers (or significant male role model).

Led by facilitator, Dr Arne Rubinstein, the program is a four-day experience that is based on years of research and refining. The outcome of the ‘Rite of Passage’ is for an adolescent boy to transition through the ritual into manhood.

Key outcomes of the program are said to be as follows:

  • Building stronger father/son relationships
  • Developing more confident communication and social skills
  • Gaining higher levels of respect for mothers and women to support future healthy relationships
  • Increasing confidence and self-esteem
  • Gaining skills, tools and experience to become a motivated, responsible and resilient young man
  • Reflection time to facilitate behavioural change.

Research to be conducted

We are looking for a researcher to start to capture the efficacy of the program.

As applied research, there are some limitations around the practical data collection. As such, data will be taken from a sample measurement (a group of Year 10 students and their fathers/male role models during a four-day ‘Rites of Passage’ program) and compared to another group running a separate program at the same time.

We are looking for a researcher to develop new metrics (informed by the data collected) to capture the effect of the program, as well as being able to report out some of the preliminary findings.

Some time reading and developing a body of research (which is partly completed) that informs the rites of passage work will also be required.

Skills and attributes required

  • Understanding of social/emotional learning in a secondary school context
  • Proven analytical and applied research skills in psychology, behavioral or social sciences or humanities (preferably in an educational context)
  • A sound understanding of research methods (including but not limited to: ethnographical and historical research, comparative research, as well as survey design/collection, observational data collection and meta-analysis) and proven statistical analysis skills
  • Demonstrated exposure to best practice research and pedagogy
  • Ability to communicate complex issues using accessible language
  • Strong planning and organisational skills and demonstrated experience in anticipating and addressing stakeholder requirements
  • Flexibility and a willingness to adapt to changing needs and requirements of the project
  • Excellent time management, organisational and presentation skills
  • A current Working with Children Check
  • Ideally have experience in an educational environment

Expected outcomes

The main outcome expected from this research is a design/new methodology to capture and compare the behaviour of year 10 students undertaking the two behavourial programs.

The successful candidate will also be expected to report key findings to Brighton Grammar School and The Making of Men, with a particular focus on comparing the Rites of Passage program to the alternate camp program, run parallel.

At present, there is little research in this capacity. This is therefore a fantastic opportunity for a skilled researcher to break new ground in a behavourial tradition.

Additional details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 50% of their time on-site with the industry partner. The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the AMSI Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an AMSI member institution.
  • PhD candidature must be confirmed.
  • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university.