• Research Project

What We Do

Based on prior research indicating the importance of interest in science on the eventual choice to earn a degree in science, this accelerated longitudinal study looks to investigate the trajectory of early interest in science and the factors impacting this trajectory.

Looking at the middle school years (sixth, seventh, and eighth graders), survey data was collected on student interests and thoughts about science. 

Given the sampling population, the collected data will provide insight into student interest in science, its development over the span, and differences in attitude based on geographic location, gender, and race.

Affiliated Faculty

Robert H Tai

Robert H. Tai

  • Associate Professor

Related Lab

  • Research Lab

Robert H. Tai Research Group

The Robert H. Tai Research Group is a research team based at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia.  This multi-institutional team conducts quantitative and qualitative research on major issues in Science Education.  The overarching goal is to produce robust empirical data that targets national policy, with the outcome of developing science students into productive and contributing scientists.