What is LSRI?
UIC's Learning Sciences Research Institute is a unique organization that seeks to create new, improved and equitable learning environments for 21st century learners.
It is the nation's only institute that takes a two-part course toward studying interdisciplinary approaches to the difficult, systemic problems of learning that trouble society today: through careful, groundbreaking, multidisciplinary research on teaching and learning, and by supporting a graduate program that cultivates learning sciences researchers of the future.
Created in 2007 by Susan Goldman, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Education in UIC's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Jim Pellegrino , Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Professor of Education, LSRI brings together researchers from across UIC's many colleges in a collaboration that aims to improve educational opportunities for a diverse array of learners. LSRI faculty also work with leading researchers across the globe in the learning sciences field.
Located in the heart of Chicago on UIC's campus, LSRI is home to more than 130 staff, students and premier faculty and researchers in the field who are dedicated to helping children and adults be successful in school and in life.
What we do
LSRI conducts and supports multidisciplinary research on learning and teaching from kindergarten to college and beyond. It also develops and evaluates learning environments, educational practices and curriculum materials. United States governmental agencies and private foundations have supported LSRI's work since its founding.
Its highly selective PhD program is the first of its kind in the nation. As part of it, students work directly with esteemed faculty on projects that focus on children and adults. Graduates leave with a dual expertise -- in the sciences of learning and in a discipline, such as chemistry, computer science or literacy.