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The Learning Sciences Research Group

Learning sciences is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to develop explicit models of how learning occurs, particularly in terms of the cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in learning. Insights from these models and related experiments are then applied to develop new ways of teaching and learning complex concepts. A related focus is the design and implementation of innovative digital media for learning science, mathematics and engineering. The field brings together methods and perspectives from cognitive science, human-computer interaction, computer science, anthropology, and recently, neuroscience.

Learning Sciences research has been part of HBCSE for a long time, and the LSR group represents a recent crystalisation of this research area. In the near term, the core of the work in this research area would be around a Department of Science & Technology project recently awarded to Dr. Sanjay Chandrasekharan, titled "The cognitive mechanisms underlying model-based discovery and learning". This is a 3-year project under the DST Cognitive Science Research Initiative, (Category: Exploring Higher Mental Functions). The aim of the project is to develop experiments to understand how students learn new concepts through the manipulation of external models and artifacts. The focus of the project is understanding this process at the cognitive/neural mechanism level.

The Learning Sciences Research Group at HBCSE is headed by Dr. Chandrasekharan. Current group members include three Ph.D. students supervised by Dr. Chandrasekharan (Anveshna Srivastava, Prajakt Pande, Geetanjali Date), and two students (Rafikh Shaikh, Jeenath Rahaman) whose projects are related to learning sciences. The DST project provides funding for a post doctoral fellow, who will also be joining the research group.