LSRI was 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. It is a collaboration between international, national, and UIC-based researchers to improve educational opportunities for an array of learners. By 2009 LSRI's first, full cohort of Ph.D. students joined the program; the first graduate earned her degree in the following academic year.
LSRI grew from the merger of UIC's Institute for Mathematics and Science Education, and a research program called the Program for the Study of Learning, Instruction and Teacher Development. The mission of the new program was to improve instruction and learning by creating a new, larger and streamlined institute to function as a campus-wide, multidisciplinary unit with greater impact, visibility and leveraging of resources. LSRI is supported by the College of Education, the College of Engineering, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences whose Dean oversees operations. 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 learning sciences field.
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