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A Special Research Initiative of the Australian Research Council



Welcome to the Science of Learning Research Centre

The SLRC is a Special Research Initiative of the Australian Research Council. In the Centre researchers in education, neuroscience and cognitive psychology are working together with teachers to understand the learning process.

Upcoming Events

Seminar: Confused? Don’t worry! Re/constructing video data to explore the role of confusion in inquiry science

Date: Tuesday July 19 Time: 5pm-6pm (light refreshments from 4.30pm) Venue: Theatre 227 Melbourne Graduate School of Education 234 Queensbury Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 Speaker: Professor Russell Tytle
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SLRC Seminar Series – Adolescent Emotions in the Classroom

Date: Thursday 18th August Time:  4.30 – 6.00pm (45 minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes question time and 30 minute tea/coffee) Venue: Level 7 Seminar Room, Queensland Brain Institute (B
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Message from the Director

Sah.1It is with great pleasure that I have taken up the position of Director of the SLRC with the departure of Professor Ottmar Lipp from The University of Queensland to take up a position at Curtin University in Perth. Ottmar has done a fantastic job in establishing the SLRC and we wish him all the best in his new position. Fortunately, he continues to play a role in the management of the SLRC as theme leader of the Measuring Learning theme and as member of the Executive.

The SLRC is a big ideas centre, and integration of neuroscience, education and psychology is not easy. Our challenge is to deliver translational outcomes during the life of the centre. At our most recent meeting of Centre researchers in Melbourne, it was clear to me we are off to a good start with most projects straddling the three themes of Understanding, Measuring and Promoting Learning, as well as researchers from multiple disciplines.

Professor Pankaj Sah


SLRC news

PEN Principle #1: Written Text & Spoken Word Do Not Mix

The first of the PEN Principles is now available on the SLRC Resources page.
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Learning to Focus Project – recruiting junior high school students

In High School, students are expected to engage in a number of different learning tasks and be independent in their own learning. Researchers at UQ are interested in how a student’s cognitive (thinking) abilities can help achieve this goal. Researchers will run two free learning programs and an informative seminar for students and their parents. Students involved in this research will be given an opportunity to take part on one of these options free of charge. This research will take place
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npj Science of Learning

npj Science of Learning is an open access journal, published in partnership between Nature Publishing Group and The University of Queensland. The Editor-in-Chief is Professor Pankaj Sah, Director of the Science of Learning Research Centre. The journal is now open for submissions. To sign up for regular alerts or submit a manuscript click on the button.