Robert Pianta

Robert Pianta

Dean of the University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Novartis Professor of Education, founding director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, Professor of Psychology, and former Director of the National Center for Research in Early Childhood Education, USA.

Research interests

My research interests include the study of teacher-student interactions and relationships and their impact on student learning. I’m particularly interested in identifying experiences in teacher preparation that optimize the benefits of interactions.

How might this research change lives?

I hope that my research and policy work will help strengthen the early educator workforce in areas that seem core to the value of early childhood education – the connections formed between teachers and children. I believe that technically sound and practically relevant tools are in short supply and can make a real difference in defining and strengthening the features of quality that matter.