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Learning Sciences & Policy

The Learning Policy Center advocates for advanced educational ideas and learning through
research and development.

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Staying on the Leading Edge of Policy and Learning


The Learning Sciences and Policy (LSAP) PhD program produces nationally competitive research scholars who have the training, track-record, and vision to become leaders in understanding and promoting educational change. Our program brings together three kinds of faculty expertise into a collaborative research and training environment: 1) learning sciences in education, 2) content-based educational research, and 3) education policy and organizational change. Our students work at the intersection of research and practice, collaborating with faculty mentors on research programs that explore education in real-world learning environments such as K-12 classrooms, museums, community organizations, online and cyber environments, university classrooms, and more.

The LSAP program has close connections with the Learning Research and Development Center, a multi-disciplinary research center where many of our faculty hold cross-appointments. Students also have access to a wealth of research and internship opportunities through faculty research projects and groups such as the Learning Policy Center, the Institute for Learning, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments, the Higher Order Cognition Collective, the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, and RAND, among others.

Our training follows a professional mentorship model where students work closely with a faculty advisor. Most students are supported by faculty research grants and most work as part of dynamic and collaborative research groups that include multiple faculty, graduate students, post-docs, undergraduates, and research staff. LSAP students are immersed in the fundamentals of being a research scholar, including presenting their work at national research conferences, publishing peer-reviewed research articles, developing and testing educational innovations, participating in writing research grants, and peer reviewing. Our students go on to pursue research careers in both university and non-university settings.


Department Contact

University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
Department of Learning Sciences and Policy
5811 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-7677
Fax: 412-624-2662

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