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College of Education Announces International Partnership

Penn State’s College of Education and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) have partnered to establish the Advanced Center for the Study of the Learning Sciences.

UNIVERSITY PARK —Penn State’s College of Education and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) have partnered to establish the Advanced Center for the Study of the Learning Sciences.

Under a proposal approved by the Taiwan National Science Foundation, the center researchers will devise ways for educators to keep pace with rapidly changing information and technology in society. Behavioral and neuro-cognitive research will serve as focal points for the center’s work.David H. Monk

The center has several goals, including enhancing research capabilities, cultivating young scholars, recruiting outstanding researchers from the world and strengthening industry-university cooperation, with the ultimate goal of establishing this center as a world-renowned center in the field of learning sciences, with a focus on language acquisition and scientific literacy.

Language mastery and scientific literacy not only enhance the ability to communicate across cultures, but also increase the ability to analyze, integrate and criticize information that is essential in developing individual knowledge systems. Enhanced knowledge systems allow learners to perform comprehension, communication, cooperation and coordination tasks to resolve problems in various environments.

An important emphasis for the center will be Chinese language learning. There is an increasing demand for Chinese language education within the United State as well as in the larger world. By combining the fields of neuro-cognitive research and behavioral aspects of world language education, the center will make contributions to the learning sciences.

Research activities will take place at both NTNU and Penn State, and the institutions will develop collaborations with related research centers in Asia, Europe and the United States. The ultimate goal is to develop into a top transnational research center worldwide with multiple dimensions, including a theoretical framework and applications at multiple sites.

Penn State and NTNU are sister universities. In addition to the approximately 40 researchers at NTNU who are Penn State alumni, researchers from both universities will have regular and extensive exchange visits.

— by Andy Elder (January 2013)