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

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...

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), Housed in the School of Education, Admits 22 New Member Institutions

Published on 5/1/2017 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of CPED.] The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) and its Board of Directors have accepted 22 new graduate schools of education (see list below) as members into the consortium. These institutions join more than 80 current schools of education in the ... Read More...

Assistant Professors Sheila Conway and Michelle Sobolak Accepted for 2017 Innovation in Education Award

Published on 4/24/2017 6:00:00 AM

Sheila Conway Michelle Sobolak Assistant Professors Sheila Conway and Michelle Sobolak had a proposal for the 2017 Innovation in Education Award , entitled "Implementing a Video Coaching Platform to Provide E-Mentoring during Teacher Education Clinical Experiences,” accepted by the Advisory Council... Read More...

University of Pittsburgh School of Education Announces 2017 Spring Graduation Speaker

Published on 4/21/2017 10:12:00 AM

Chief of Schools of the Metro Nashville Public Schools Dr. Sito Narcisse will address Pitt’s School of Education graduates. The University of Pittsburgh School of Education is happy to announce that Dr. Sito Narcisse, Chief of Schools of the Metro Nashville Public Schools, will address their 2017 g... Read More...

EdD Student Sarah Wagner's Program Awarded Honorable Mention for the Excellence in 2017 Diversity & Inclusion in International Education

Published on 4/20/2017 6:00:00 AM

EdD student Sarah Wagner's Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership was awarded an honorable mention for the 2017 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) by Diversity Abroad. Wagner is director for the program, and Professor Jean Ferketish is faculty advis... Read More...

EdD Student Josh Novak Elected as Directorate to ACPA Commission for Two-Year Colleges

Published on 4/13/2017 6:00:00 AM

Higher education management EdD student Josh Novak was elected to serve a two-year term as a Directorate to American College Personnel Association's (ACPA) Commission to Two-Year Colleges. The Commission for Two-Year Colleges is "directly concerned with issues relevant to student development progra... Read More...

Associate Professor and LRDC Research Scientist Jennifer Lin Russell Named to NERD Advisory Board

Published on 4/10/2017 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor and LRDC Research Scientist Jennifer Lin Russell has been named to the National Education Researcher Database ( NERD ) National Advisory Board. NERD is scheduled to launch in fall 2017 with a searchable database of profiles for more than 10,000 education researchers, including a... Read More...

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement and Associate Professor Lina Dostilio Writes New Book

Published on 4/6/2017 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Practice Lina Dostilio has written a new book , The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for An Emerging Field , which was the result of a national research project on the Community Engag... Read More...

Alumna Kristin Shymoniak Receives The School Superintendents Association (AASA) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Women in School Leadership Award

Published on 4/3/2017 6:00:00 AM

Alumna Kristin Shymoniak, a graduate in the MEd early intervention program and the special education certification program, has received The School Superintendents Association (AASA) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Women in School Leadership Award. She is the lead special education teacher at... Read More...

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page Receives Association for Education Finance and Policy Early Career Award

Published on 3/30/2017 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page has been selected to receive the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Early Career Award . The AEFP Early Career Award recognizes junior scholars (between 1 and 6 years post doctorate) with "exemplary early career trajectories whose research substanti... Read More...
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