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Jamie Jirout

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Education and Human Development
Department: School of Education and Human Development
Office location and address
Ruffner Hall 250
405 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2011
B.A., University of Miami, 2005

Jamie Jirout, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Psychology and Applied Developmental Sciences program in the Curry School of Education. She studies how young children learn, with a focus on science-related skills, in both formal and informal settings. Jamie's current research includes several projects investigating children's curiosity and how teachers and schools can promote and support student curiosity. Other projects include children's learning from digital vs. physical experiences, early spatial skill development and early programming through playful experience, STEM learning and gender stereotypes in children and parents, and the relation between spatial skills and STEM learning. 

CAREER: Promoting science motivation and learning through instructional support of curiosity
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Ed. & Human Resources
March 01, 2022 – February 28, 2027
Curiosity and Classrooms: An exploration of curiosity and the development of intellectual virtues in schools
Source: John Templeton Foundation
January 01, 2020 – August 31, 2024
Jirout - Jacobs Foundation Fellowship
Source: The Jacobs Foundation
January 01, 2021 – December 31, 2023
Motivating Students: Promotion of curiosity, growth mindset, and mastery goal orientation in teacher lanauage
Source: Spencer Foundation
September 01, 2017 – February 28, 2019
Motivating students: Promotion of curiosity, growth mindset, and mastery goal orientation in teacher language
Source: Center for Curriculum Redesign
March 24, 2017 – June 15, 2018
EDLF 3150: Introduction to Child Growth and Development
Credits: 3
This survey course introduces several prominent theories of child development and explores the related empirical research. Emphasis is placed on applying developmental principles to parenting and professional practice. Major topics include: the historical basis of child study, the life cycle, maturational milestones, diversity in development, cognitive, emotional, moral development, and biological foundations.
EDLF 3160: Introduction to Educational Psychology
Credits: 3
Most college students have spent 16,000+ hours in educational settings. That's a lot of time devoted to learning new information. This course addresses questions such as: Why does learning take so long? What really happens inside the brain? What keeps people motivated to learn? Are some environments better than others for learning? What societal conditions impact learning? Are people similar or different in the way they learn?
EDLF 4995: Directed Research
Credits: 1–6
Directed Research under supervision of faculty member.
EDLF 5260: Cognitive Psychology and Education
Credits: 3
This course will include both cognitive psychology and education perspectives, focusing on what cognitive psychology can tell us about how people learn and how to apply that knowledge in education. We will focus on the ways that cognitive psychology research can be designed and evaluated to be most informative in addressing practical questions of education and learning, including research questions, populations, methods, etc.
EDLF 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDLF 8998: Masters Research Internship
Credits: 1–12
Designed to give masters students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisites: Permission of Advisor
EDLF 9740: Internship in College Teaching or Supervision
Credits: 1–6
Opportunities for experienced doctoral students to teach courses or partial courses at the University, or to supervise student teachers under the guidance of a faculty member. Opportunities are arranged by the students with the assistance of the sponsoring faculty member.
EDLF 9993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Under close faculty guidance, students work on an area of interest not covered by the curriculum. A plan of study must be signed by the faculty sponsor and filed in the student's permanent file in the Office of Student Affairs. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDLF 9998: Doctoral Research Apprenticeship
Credits: 3–12
Designed to give doctoral students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisites: Advisor Permission Required.
EDLF 9999: Doctoral Dissertation
Credits: 3–12
Doctoral Dissertation Research completed under the guidance of dissertation committee. 12 hours is required for graduation. Permission of instructor required.