This course examines current theoretical and empirical work on how people learn, particularly from the perspective of implications for instruction and the design of learning environments in formal and informal educational settings. We will consider research on learning in traditional academic domains (e.g., mathematics, science, literature, history) as well as everyday learning of children and adults. Using sociocultural, cognitive, and design-based research lenses, we will examine teaching and learning from multiple research perspectives, i.e. as the development of understandings, abilities, epistemologies, beliefs, roles and identities, and as individual, shared, and cultural processes. In the design of learning environments we will explore relationships among what is learned, how it is learned, and how learning is demonstrated. And we will look at possible roles for technology in supporting contemporary approaches to instruction, learning, and assessment. We will contrast the utility of the traditional distinction between basic and applied research with an interactive model in which research and practice mutually inform one another. This interactive model promotes research that is rooted in problems and issues that arise out of practice and the outcomes of which contribute to solutions to those problems as well as to theoretical formulations of learning and development.