The Department of Psychology is supporting two Year 12 students with their Nuffield Research Placements.
Working in the University’s ChildLab, Doriana Alboreto and Jaimie McLoughlin are conducting follow-up analysis of observational video recordings from Nature to Nurture Forest Nursery in Croxteth Park.
The student projects will address the development of socio-emotional and STEM skills in Early Years outdoor education provision, using a mixed-methods research approach. Findings from the research will be presented at the regional internship poster conference.
Dr Tom Gallagher-Mitchell who is supervising the placements, said: “It is always a pleasure supporting placement students, and encouraging these young adults to consider pursuing STEM subjects at university. These placements help build confidence in developing research skills, and give interns a taste of what life as a researcher is like.”
Nuffield Research Placements provide over 1,100 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
This is the second year the Department has supported Nuffield research students, with one of last year's cohort - Kimberley Gardner - awarded the Crest Gold Award for her project on Children's Math Anxiety.
Nature to Nurture recently featured on the BBC’s Inside Out North West, as part of a programme showcasing the findings from a two-year long study conducted by a team of Liverpool Hope researchers.