University of Pittsburgh School of Education
 

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

Latest News

School of Education Dean Alan Lesgold Announces Retirement

Published on 7/31/2015 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University of Pittsburgh News Services.] Alan Lesgold, dean of the School of Education and a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Council of Deans since 2000, will step down as dean in August 2016. Under Lesgold’s leadership, the School of Education has emb... Read More...

August 2015 Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception

Published on 7/23/2015 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education is holding its August Graduation Celebration on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at the University Club in Ballroom B from 4-6 p.m. Students are encouraged to arrive by 3:15 p.m. The University Club is located at 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, and parking is available in ... Read More...

Cooperative Undergraduate Program Between University of Pittsburgh and Beijing Normal University from China

Published on 7/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education and the School of Continuing Education and Teacher Training of Beijing Normal University (BNU) are now offering a program to help Chinese students prepare for undergraduate study in the United States. The program focuses on selecting top Chinese high... Read More...

School of Education Signs Agreement with Beijing Normal University to Create New Programs

Published on 5/1/2015 6:00:00 AM

Sharon Lesgold, Li Rui, Qing Xia, and Alan Lesgold The School of Education has signed a memorandum of understanding with Beijing Normal University (BNU), which will provide a platform for joint projects and a "hope that faculty in both institutions will pursue future collaborations," according to R... Read More...

Doctoral Student Joshua Childs Awarded with AERA Minority Fellowship in Education Research

Published on 4/2/2015 6:00:00 AM

The American Educational Research Association ( AERA ) Minority Fellowship Selection Committee has selected Learning Sciences and Policy doctoral student Joshua Childs for the 2015-2016 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research. The committee noted that it was "very impressed with... Read More...

School of Education Honors Alumni at 2015 Awards Reception

Published on 3/31/2015 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education celebrated the 2015 Alumni Awards this past Friday, March 27, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. Awards for the school’s departments and also individual categories were presented at the reception. The winners and some information about their background is list... Read More...

School of Education Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as 17th Among Public Education Graduate Schools

Published on 3/11/2015 6:00:00 AM

In newly released statistics from U.S. News & World Report , the School of Education was named as no. 17 among public universities and no. 27 overall in its 2016 Best Education Schools guidebook for graduate schools of education. The U.S. News & World Report ranking is calculated from a combination... Read More...

LSAP Doctoral Candidate Stacy Kehoe Honored with Environmental Education Award from the PAEE

Published on 3/5/2015 6:00:00 AM

The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators ( PAEE ) has awarded doctoral candidate Stacey Kehoe with its 2015 Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Education award. This award recognizes someone who has contributed to environmental education in a non-teaching area, such as publishi... Read More...

School of Education Celebrates Homecoming on October 24

Published on 10/1/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education invites its alumni to attend the school’s homecoming weekend reception for an evening of reconnecting with fellow alumni and friends. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the fireworks and laser show, which is part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Homecomin... Read More...

Jennifer Lin Russell Leads a Research Team to Help Coaches Train Teachers on Common Core State Standards

Published on 7/16/2014 6:00:00 AM

[Press released republished on behalf of University News.] Under a strategy instituted by the Toyota Motor Company, any autoworker on the production line could halt production to signal a quality issue. It was part of a company approach to continuously improve performance. Now, for the first time, t... Read More...
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