The Learning Sciences & Human Development (LSHD) program takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding learning, teaching and the design of learning ecologies. The program is particularly concerned with examining learning and development as it happens in and across a range of settings, including schools, community organizations, families and peer groups. In their research and courses, faculty engage with pressing questions of policy and practice. To this end, program faculty enact innovative teaching practices and lead research projects that are attuned to our current technological and sociopolitical climate. Our interdisciplinary approach and research opportunities encourage students in the program to work in partnership with schools and communities to organize innovative practices that open up opportunities for transformative learning.

The LSHD program is on the leading edge of the field in its theoretical and practical explorations of social and spatial justice, community-engaged research methods, educational design, and culture and diversity in learning. LSHD faculty and students are leaders in theorizing and building partnerships with schools, districts and state agencies, as well as youth and community organizations.