Learning Sciences and Policy

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Setting the Leading Edge of Policy and Learning

The Learning Sciences and Policy Department at the Pitt School of Education is based on the belief that learning, teaching, and educational organizations are best understood as part of an interactive learning ecosystem. We believe that an integrated and coordinated interdisciplinary approach is required to understand, design, and implement sustainable educational change. As such, our department combines disciplines in the learning sciences, teaching in the content disciplines, and organization and policy studies with the goal of improving education systems.

We work at the intersection of research and practice, with research that explores education in real-world learning environments such as K-12 classrooms, museums, community organizations, libraries, online and cyber environments, and university classrooms.

Academic Offerings

Our Learning Sciences and Policy Department is responsible for a PhD program that combines education disciplines in learning, teaching, and policy studies. In today's global environment, successful policy solutions require cross-functional learning by educational professionals. Furthermore, the learning must take place in a dynamic environment that combines instruction and practice, with various modes for experience-based learning. 

Research Impact

The faculty members in our Learning Sciences and Policy Department have a large and diverse portfolio of research. Sources of funding include the National Science Foundation and Institute of Education Sciences and private foundations including the Spencer Foundation, James S. McDonnell Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Grable Foundation, and Heinz Endowments.

Our faculty are active contibutors to such journals as the Journal of the Learning Sciences, Science Education, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Reading Research Quarterly, Elementary School Journal, and the Journal of Educational Psychology

Faculty Members​