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The Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI) is dedicated to the support of multidisciplinary research on learning and teaching, and to the development an evaluation of learning environments, teacher professional development, and educational practices appropriate for 21st century learning. Much of what engages the time and intellect of the faculty, staff and students at LSRI is research and development focused on aspects of disciplinary teaching, learning and assessment. One of the primary functions of LSRI is to facilitate the development of proposals for extramural research support and to administer and support those projects that successfully secure such funding. Most of the grants proposals and projects developed in LSRI involve collaborations among multiple investigators representing various departments and units at UIC.

Researchers within LSRI conduct research, teaching and design activities that are deeply rooted in authentic practices, such as an academic discipline or a professional practice; and leverage theories and methods from multiple research traditions; to address issues and challenges that learners face in authentic contexts; with the explicit goal of improving the conditions of learning for those who have been and are disadvantage by systemic inequities in educational institutions.

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  • Events

    Each semester the LSRI hosts numerous events, from the LS@UIC Speaker Series, to writing retreats, social meet-ups and more. Read on to find out more.

  • News

    Our faculty are among the global leaders in shaping the pedagogy and practice of the learning sciences. Our graduate students are poised to become the practitioners and critical thinkers of their generation. We’re always up to something; check it out!

  • Publications and Grants

    Along with 0ur faculty, each of whom is housed both at LSRI and a home-discipline department, our outreach-focused projects actively publish and solicit grants. Here’s just a few of the recent ones.