The Agnes Irwin School, along with nine other independent schools nationwide, has partnered with Dr. Nilanjana Dasgupta at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in a research study investigating what factors enhance student learning, interest and aspirations in science and math.
Dr. Dasgupta is a Professor of Psychology, and her research study is funded by a federal grant from the National Science Foundation. The primary goal of this study is to undersatnd what factors in classroom environments improve students' interest in science and math, promote positive attitudes towards these subjects, and motivate students to pursue science- an math-oriented interests in the future.
Collecting student opinions is essential to the study, and Dr. Dasgupta is seeking the participation of students in eighth grade willing to complete questionnaires and computerized tasks designed to participating eighth grader to complete a brief parental survey.
The study will help us undersatnd how to promote our students' academic success and ensure our students acheive their full potential now and in the future. For more detailed information please watch this short video from Dr. Dasgupta, the principal investigator.
This electronic consent form also provides a detailed explanation of the study and the tasks required of students who elect to participate. Pleae read the form carefully. As you will see, participation in this study is an opportunity for our students to offer important insights into how their interests develop and change over time, as well as what factors improve their learning in the classroom.
There are no risks associated with participation; students who participate will spend one (1) hour during school on two occasions during the academic year to complete study protocols.