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University of Pittsburgh (LRDC)

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University of Pittsburgh
Learning Research and Development Center

3939 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-624-7020
Fax: 412-624-9149

Since its founding in 1963, researchers at LRDC have sought to describe what learning is, where and how it happens best, how it can improve, and how research can help. LRDC scholars from several disciplines have contributed substantially to knowledge about human cognition, learning, and effective schooling and training. Research findings are applied, in collaboration with education practitioners and business and government enterprises, to the reform and improvement of instruction and training in schools and workplaces.

Most research projects at LRDC receive support from local and national funding organizations. Government and private funding have helped LRDC continue its study of the learning and teaching of basic cognitive skills and school subject matters, learning in the modern workplace, and the structure and components of effective learning environments. More recently, grants provided by national and local foundations have helped LRDC play a major role in educational reform and school restructuring. Several of these education projects have given LRDC a presence in a number of states and urban school districts, in this region and across the country.