Research in Education and Learning Lab
What We Do
The Research in Education and Learning Lab at UVA, directed by Jamie Jirout, focuses on questions related to STEM learning and motivation from a cognitive developmental perspective.
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Current projects examine the development of curiosity, including how instructional practices influence curiosity, and how curiosity influences learning. We also are interested in other intellectual character virtues, such as creativity and open-minded thinking.
Another research area in the lab is children’s playful learning, especially how children learn from spatial play and the development of different play behaviors and beliefs about play and toys. We currently partner with the Virginia Discovery Museum's Learning Lab and Living Lab.
REAL Lab News
Jamie Jirout has been awarded the prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation to support her research on curiosity.
REAL Lab Research
Jamie Jirout spoke about promoting students’ curiosity at an education conference, Learning & the Brain: Teaching Purposeful Brains
Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning
Founded in 2006, CASTL is an interdisciplinary research center that aims to advance the quality of teaching and learning, from infancy to higher education. Our research initiatives span the globe and our faculty are leading the way to promote meaningful changes in education.