The learning sciences focus on how to create new, improved and equitable learning environments for 21st century learners.
Researchers in the field know that how and what an individual learns is as much a function of the social, cultural and environmental contexts of learning as they are a function of the characteristics of the individual. Our goal is to take that knowledge and apply it to the scientific, technological, educational and workforce challenges we face today.
The learning sciences draws from many disciplines: anthropology, computer science, education, linguistics, psychology and sociology in an attempt to develop evidence-based claims about how people. For example: How do we take students' common sense understanding of chemical reactions into account when we teach them organic chemistry? In the learning sciences, success is measured by what students produce, whether through written or verbal discourse, or through tangible and electronic semiotic artifacts.
The learning sciences field emerged more than two decades ago after researchers found that what worked in a laboratory simply did not hold up with real children, teachers, classrooms and workplaces. They saw that learning technologies, which held great promise for solving education's problems, were not being transferred to classrooms and schools. Cognitive scientists, educational and instructional psychologists, and computer scientists worked together to put their ideas and knowledge to use to improve the learning outcomes for a diverse group.