University of Pittsburgh School of Education
 

Learning Sciences & Policy

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

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

Pitt SOE Faculty Recognized at AERA Conference

Published on 4/17/2018 3:18:00 PM

A pair of University of Pittsburgh School of Education faculty members received early career awards over the weekend at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in New York. Lindsay Page, PhD, assistant professor of research methodology, was named the 2018 Division L Early Car... Read More...

Educators Team Up to Develop Flexible Curricula on Ethiopia for K-12 Students

Published on 4/9/2018 11:48:00 AM

Maureen Porter, associate professor in Pitt’s School of Education’s Social and Comparative Analysis in Education program, led the group of Pitt educators in determining what types of Ethiopian folklife should be included in the new curricula. via PittWire The development of a rich new curriculum fo... Read More...

M. Najeeb Shafiq Serves as Key Contributor to 2018 World Development Report

Published on 3/8/2018 1:40:00 PM

M. Najeeb Shafiq, department chairperson of Administrative and Policy Studies in the University of Pittsbugh School of Education, and Professor of Education, Economics, and International Affairs, contributed to the 2018 World Development Report (WDR) : Learning to Realize Education's Promise. The W... Read More...

Pitt Experts Active in Drafting National Physical Activity Guidelines

Published on 3/7/2018 5:07:00 PM

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SOE Alumni Awards Reception Slated for April 6

Published on 3/6/2018 11:33:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education cordially invites you and your guest to our Alumni Reception to present the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards and recognize our outstanding students. Friday, April 6, 2018 from 6–9:30 p.m. | The University Club • Ballroom B (123 University Place, Pitt... Read More...

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Published on 1/9/2018 1:38:00 PM

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Mary Kay Stein and Collaborators Receive $2.5 Million Grant to Study Teacher Learning

Published on 12/14/2017 9:20:00 AM

Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) Associate Director for Educational Research and Practice Mary Kay Stein has been awarded a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. The grant is part of the McDonnell Foundation’s newly formed Teachers as Learners (TAL) in... Read More...

SOE Helps Lead Cross-disciplinary Conference on Family and Healthy U

Published on 11/9/2017 10:40:00 AM

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SOE Enrollment Managers on the Road

Published on 10/4/2017 4:17:00 PM

Representatives from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education will travel to locations across Pennsylvania and the region during the fall to provide information and meet with prospective graduate and doctoral candidates. Take advantage of these opportunities to meet with admissions represen... Read More...

Thomas Akiva and Research Team Receive National Science Foundation Grant

Published on 8/16/2017 10:00:00 AM

Thomas Akiva, a faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, received a grant of nearly $300,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to undertake a project entitled "Remake Making: Understanding Adoption and Adaptation of Facilitated Making in Libraries." Akiva leads t... Read More...
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