Learning Sciences

We investigate how people learn and use research to improve learning opportunities for all.

Learning sciences focuses on the why, what, and how of learning in school and out-of-school. By partnering with educators to study and design new learning approaches, resources and policies, we make learning better.

Learning facts and procedures is no longer enough. Learners need opportunities to develop conceptual understanding and flexible reasoning skills — opportunities that are not available in many schools and communities. Learning scientists investigate issues such as why it may be important for young children to learn computational thinking, how middle schools students still learning English can participate in scientific argumentation, or what tools enable high school students to work collaboratively to build knowledge in a challenge that matters to their community. Learning scientists explore the possibilities of technology to democratize learning of powerful ideas and tools. Learning scientists also investigate the social and emotional factors that drive learning.

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