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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: learning sciences in education, content-based educational research, and 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

The School of Education Holding Open House on November 15

Published on 8/27/2014 6:00:00 AM

Are you considering graduate studies at Pitt's School of Education? Come spend the morning with faculty, staff, and current students and hear about your program of interest and the application, admissions, and financial aid processes. The open house is on Saturday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m., followe... 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...

School of Education Receives $3 Million from Alumni to Establish Dean’s Chair

Published on 7/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh has received a $3 million gift from alumni Renée K. Goldman and Richard M. Goldman to establish the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean’s Chair in the School of Education. The gift has established an endowment that will be used by the University to support the salary, profes... Read More...

LSAP Professor Chris Shunn Explores How Engineers Create

Published on 6/17/2014 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University of Pittsburgh News.] Simply put, engineers make things. But is finding that “new” invention a massive mental leap from point A to point B, or are there scores of unnoticed intermediate steps in between? The University of Pittsburgh’s Joel Chan and Chr... Read More...

The Q&A: Alumnus Sean McComb Walks Through the "Door of Opportunity" and Pulls Others Through--On Way to Being Named Teacher of the Year

Published on 4/30/2014 6:00:00 AM

Out of more than three million teachers in the United States, Sean McComb was named as National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) on Wednesday, April 30. A 2007 alumnus of the School of Education, McComb, who is 30 years old, currently works as a high school... Read More...

School of Education Honors Alumni at Annual Awards Ceremony

Published on 4/11/2014 11:42:00 AM

Pictured from left to right: (back row) Sean McComb, Dean Alan Lesgold, Robert Robertson, Brent Johnson, Joshua “JC” Childs; (middle row) Katie Clark Patterson, Miray Tekkumru Kisa, Francesca Amati, Cynthia Reed, R. Rudy Filek; (front) Ellen Falk Hirsch. Not pictured: Antoinette Y. Farmer. The Scho... Read More...

Mary Kay Stein Named a American Educational Research Association Fellow

Published on 2/28/2014 6:00:00 AM

LSAP Department Chair Mary Kay Stein has been named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The purpose of the AERA program is to honor education researchers with substantial research accomplishments, to convey the association’s commitment to excellence in research, and to... Read More...

AERA Honors Jennifer Russell as an "Outstanding Reviewer" for 2013

Published on 2/25/2014 6:00:00 AM

LSAP Assistant Professor Jennifer Russell has been chosen as an Outstanding Reviewer for 2013 by the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She'll be recognized publicly at the AERA annual meeting this year, as well as being invited with Dean Alan Lesgold to the Journal Publications Comm... Read More...

LSAP Student Josh Childs Selected for David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar

Published on 12/12/2013 6:00:00 AM

Josh Childs, a doctoral student in LSAP, was recently selected for the 2014 David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy. The event will be held in Philadelphia on April 2-3, 2014. More than 100 doctoral students were nominated this year from uni... Read More...

School of Education Seeking Nominations for the 2014 Alumni Awards

Published on 11/1/2013 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education honors the outstanding accomplishments of its graduates through its Alumni Awards program. Criteria for these awards include a recognition of professional achievement, commitment to the continued success of the School of Education and the University... Read More...
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