PROJECT TITLE: A social constructionist examination of Traveller parenting values, attitudes and practices.
The final report of the Commission on the Family, Strengthening Families for Life (1998), in Ireland made substantive recommendations for supporting parents in Ireland. Since then, there have been significant social policy and legislative changes to do that. However, in 2013, the Special Interest Group in Ireland – Supporting Parents in their Parenting Role emphasised that efforts in this area have been predominantly problem focused rather than strengths focused.
Irish Travellers are one of the most disadvantaged ethnic groups in Ireland.
Traveller culture and identity is characterised by close knit families, parenting and child-rearing. The purpose of this research is to examine how Traveller parenting values, attitudes and practices are socially constructed, as well as to determine Traveller perspectives on how Traveller parenting can be best supported.
Qualitative research will be used to ascertain the views of Traveller parents (mothers and fathers; younger and older parents). Offaly Traveller Movement will be used as a representative case study site, through which to access research participants. The findings, however, will apply to Traveller parents nationwide. This research will lead to the development of a Traveller informed model of best practice to support Traveller parenting.
Duration of project: 24 months.
Collaboration with Industry: This research project will involve working directly with Offaly Traveller Movement.
Funding Agency: President’s Seed Research Fund (The successful applicant will not pay fees and will receive a monthly stipend).
Type of degree offered: MA in Applied Social Studies (Social Care) by research.
Minimum qualifications/experience necessary/any other requirements: BA (Hons) Degree in Social Science/Social Studies/Social Care/Sociology/Psychology or related discipline with a minimum of second class honours Grade 1.
Research Supervisor: Dr. Ashling Jackson. For informal inquiries, please use the contact details below.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 090 6471815
Application forms are available from:
Anita Watts, Office of Research, Athlone Institute of Technology,
Tel: 090 64 83061
Email: email@example.com or from link Download Application Form on AIT website – Vacancies - Postgraduate Research Opportunities.
Closing date for receipt of completed application forms which must be submitted to Anita Watts, Office of Research, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath is 5.00 pm on Monday, 6th June 2016.
Applicants will be invited for an interview the week of the 13th June 2016.