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Robert H Tai

Associate Professor
Unit: Curry School of Education
Department: Curry School of Education
Office location and address
Bavaro Hall 209
417 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ed.D., Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 1998
Ed.M., Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 1994
M.S., University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, 1987
B.S., University of Florida, 1986
B.A., University of Florida, 1986
Project EXPLORE2: A Project Exploring Educational Outcomes through Accelerated Longitudinal Research
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
July 15, 2018 – June 30, 2023
Project BUILD
Source: Space Science Institute
April 01, 2017 – May 31, 2021
Donors Choose Research and Evaluation Study
Source: Overdeck Family Foundation
November 01, 2017 – October 31, 2019
CU-Project FOCIS: Framework for Observation and Categorization of Interest in Science
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Ed. & Human Resources
October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2019
CU- From Community to Career - A Longitudinal Study of an Out of School Program and Underrepresented Populations
Source: Museum of Science and Industry
September 01, 2015 – August 31, 2019
CU-CISE Donors Choose Research and Evaluation Study
Source: Overdeck Family Foundation
November 01, 2016 – October 31, 2018
CU-CISE Spark to Flame (Bechtel)
Source: S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
May 27, 2011 – December 31, 2016
CU - Exploring Longitudinal Research on Out-of-school Time Experiences in STEM
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Ed. & Human Resources
November 15, 2014 – October 31, 2016
Transitions in the Education of Minorities Underrepresented in Research
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of General Medical Science
July 21, 2010 – June 30, 2016
CU Exploring the Outcomes and Methods of Youth Out-of-School-Time Science Programs
Source: The Noyce Foundation
January 01, 2010 – April 30, 2014
Collaborative Research on Out-of-School-Time Science Programs for Youth: Qualitative Research and Longitudinal Survey Design
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Ed. & Human Resources
December 01, 2010 – November 30, 2013
CU-CISE APA NSF Study of Impact of Specialized Public High Schools
Source: American Psychological Association
September 15, 2008 – August 31, 2013
EDIS 2010: Teaching as a Profession
Credits: 3
In this survey of American education, students examine education history, philosophy in action in schools, student diversity, curriculum, effective teaching, school organization & governance, education finance, education law, sociopolitical dimensions of education, & the role of the teacher as a professional. Co-requisite: EDIS 2880.
PSYC 3590: Research in Psychology
Credits: 2–3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 14 credits of psychology and instructor permission.
EDIS 4330: Science in the Elementary School
Credits: 2
Teaches elementary teachers fundamental science concepts in such areas related to scientific investigation as: reasoning & logic; force, motion, & energy; matter; life processes; living systems; interrelations in earth/space systems; earth patterns, cycles & change; & resources for teaching the Virginia Science Standards of Learning in PreK-6. Focuses on the planning, instruction, and assessment of science curriculum.
EDIS 5050: Teaching Science in Secondary Schools I
Credits: 3
The first course in the "Teaching Science Sequence" addresses scientific literacy as a rationale and framework for secondary science instruction. Specific topics in science subject matter are developed along with teaching techniques, procedures and on-going professional development.
EDIS 5330: Science in the Elementary School
Credits: 3
Designed to teach elementary pre-service teachers fundamental science concepts in such areas related to scientific investigation as: reasoning and logic; force, motion, and energy; matter; life processes; living systems; interrelations in earth/space systems; earth patterns, cycles and change; and appropriate resources for teaching the Virginia Science Standards of Learning in grades PreK-6. The course also focuses on the planning, instruction , and assessment of science curriculum.
EDIS 5800: Understanding Educational Contexts
Credits: 3
This course provides an introduction to the foundations of education and the teaching profession. Course topics include the historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations underlying public education in the U.S; the legal status of teachers; contemporary issues in education; professionalism and ethical standards; and Virginia's guidelines for teacher evaluation.
EDIS 5855: Content Area Seminar in Science
Credits: 3
This seminar is designed for further secondary teachers enrolled in the one-year Master of Teaching Secondary Program who are seeking initial certification in the state of Virginia. Designed to accompany the 5865 Clinical Experience, this seminar provides opportunities to discuss, process, and reflect on experiences in the clinical placement.
EDIS 5865: Clinical Experience in Science Education
Credits: 6
Designed for future secondary teachers enrolled in the one-year Master of Teaching Secondary Program who are seeking initial certification in the State of VA. A semester long intensive clinical experience designed to develop skills in fostering positive professional relationships with adolescent students, colleagues, & peers; observing & reflecting on instruction; & designing & implementing individual, small group, & whole class instruction.
EDIS 5875: Seminar: Teaching Associateship - Science Education
Credits: 3
Designed to accompany the teaching associateship experience (i.e., student teaching). Focuses on special issues and concerns that grow out of that experience, including such topics as classroom management, parent-teacher conferences, and school-community relations. Seminar sections are aligned with specific program/endorsement areas and meet the guidelines for the approved licensure program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program.
EDIS 5885: Teaching Internship: Science Education
Credits: 6–12
A required student teaching internship for pre-service teachers, this full-semester experience is supervised by clinical instructors from the public schools and university supervisors. Course sections are aligned with specific program/endorsement areas and meet the guidelines for the approved licensure program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program
EDIS 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Course permits students to work, under close faculty guidance, on an individual research project. Research done in this course may not be considered a part of thesis or dissertation work. Enrollment in this course should be limited to two three-credit registrations (six credits) at the doctorate level. Exceptions to this regulation should have the approval of the advisory committee and the dean of the School of Education.
EDIS 8999: Masters Thesis
Credits: 1–6
For master's research, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
EDIS 9995: Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Permits students to work jointly with faculty or other students in cooperatively designing and executing research projects. The nature and scope of such projects are advanced beyond the master's level, and a plan of research should be signed and filed in the student's permanent file. Prerequisite: Advisor permission.
EDIS 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
EDIS 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.

IRB-SBS

Board member
July 2010 - Present

Boy Scouts of America Foundation

National STEM Advisory Board member
7/2018 - Present

University of Virginia Alumni Association Distinguished Professor, 2020