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Origin of the Collaboration Project

Learning sciences refers to using scientific methods for exploring learning issues. Research tools include behavioral and cognitive sciences, brain monitor instruments, and education science. Research fields cover learning process exploration, learning outcome measurement, and environments and technologies that support individual learning. Recent major topics of the learning sciences research are reading, second language learning, and mathematics, as well as learning-related subjects such as social cognitive functions (eg, emotion and face recognition) and science.

Over the last decade, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) gradually transformed itself from a teacher-cultivating university to an interdisciplinary one. To respond to the international trend, NTNU has adopted lifelong learning, cultures, arts, cultural creativity, and learning sciences as development cores. Since 2011, NTNU has received grants from the Ministry of Education’s “Aim for the Top University” program to establish the Chinese Language and Technology Research Center (CLTRC) and the Center for Research Excellence in Science Education (CRESE). Expanding on the work of these two centers, NTNU is launching a new generation of research on learning science.

Pennsylvania State University (PSU) is NTNU’s sister university. Both schools are dedicated to cultivating teachers and education research. Each university has its specialties in various fields such as curriculum and teaching, science education, information technology research, a Chinese character database, digital Chinese teaching, learning and evaluation, network science, and artificial intelligence. Funded by the National Science Council in Taiwan, PSU and NTNU established a joint research center, the Advanced Center for the Study of Learning Sciences (ACSLS). This center emphasizes theoretical and practical research on language learning (L1 and L2) and science learning using both behavioral and neuroimaging studies.