WSU College of Education Learning & Performance Research Center
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Welcome to the Learning and Performance Research Center

By Brian French, Director

The Learning & Performance Research Center is home to an array of educational and psychological research projects. LPRC provides leadership, training, consultation, and state-of-the-art solutions to challenging educational research questions at the university, state, national, and international levels.

Our expertise lies in three complementary areas of inquiry: evaluation, cognition, and psychometrics. This combination allows us to examine human performance through the development of assessments; expand understanding of human cognitive architecture and its implications for effective instruction; evaluate interventions in authentic contexts, and improve  psychometric and research methodology. Our focal areas of research include development of expertise in the sciences and engineering, large scale assessment, educational and psychological measurement, and factors that impact students’ success in the educational pipeline.

Our work is supported through external grants and contracts. Our work is consistently published in scholarly journals and presented at national meetings.

A unique aspect of the center is the educational opportunities it affords graduate students in the field of educational psychology.

The LPRC provides an integrated group of laboratories studying program evaluation, human learning and performance, and psychometrics. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are trained to take an integrated approach to measurement, cognition, and program evaluation that optimizes the value of both basic and applied educational research. With funding support from the center, graduate students have the opportunity to work on real-world, pressing educational problems. To date, through competitive external funding, educational psychology faculty have supported numerous graduate students with research assistantships.

Learning & Performance Research Center faculty

Faculty, from left: Brian French, Jennifer LeBeau, Chad Gotch,
Olusola Adesope

For more information, please see the masters and doctorate program handbooks or contact the LPRC faculty.


Award-winning faculty

Two of our faculty recently won awards.

Congratulations to Dr. Olusola (Sola) Adesope for receiving two awards:

  • Honors College Thesis Advisor Award
  • Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Award

Congratulations also to Dr. Brian French for receiving the the reviewer of the year award from the Journal of School Psychology.