Chemical Education Research

Chemical Education Researchers work towards enhancing STEM instruction at the undergraduate level – with a specific emphasis on the field of chemistry – by studying the teaching practices of faculty and student teaching assistants. Researchers at UVA explore instructors’ cognition, instructional practices, and contextual factors that influence their teaching by using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods such as interviews and observations. A better understanding of the factors which affect instruction and learning enables the development of improved instructional methods and benefits student outcomes in classroom settings. For more information on current research underway in the various labs visit their faculty websites below.