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Name of Collaboratory :


Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP)


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Collaboratory Status :

In Development   Start Date : 1988 End Date : Info Last Updated : Sun, Dec 5 2010 5:00am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Distributed Research Center  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Product Development, Virtual Learning Community  

Domain(s) :

HUMANITIES >Education >Educational/Instructional Media Design, HUMANITIES >Education >Educational Statistics/Research Methods, HUMANITIES >Education >Educational Assessment/Test Measurement, HUMANITIES >Education >Educational Psychology

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


Established in 1988 and based at Concordia University, the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP) is a research centre consisting of over 100 full members and collaborators, 20 support staff, and over 200 graduate students.

The CSLP has led a variety of innovative research and development projects, involving hundreds of students from elementary, secondary and postsecondary educational institutions.

The CSLP conducts solution-oriented research on learner success and the fulfilment of learning potential. Their research addresses four strand areas: educational technology, fluency and cognitive efficiency, language and literacy, and inquiry teaching and learning. Their overall focus is to develop evidenced-based tools and strategies that would positively impact prekindergarten to secondary education, postsecondary education, corporations and industry, health and social services and the NGO/community sector.

Meeting these challenges requires a multifaceted approach. CSLP research is, therefore, interdisciplinary and includes perspectives from education, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and applied linguistics. The investigators study complex learning in the laboratory and in natural contexts ranging from conventional classrooms to distance learning situations, on the job training , and one-to-one coaching. A variety of skill domains are investigated, including the learning of mathematical skills, using a second language, and musical performance, making it possible to derive important generalizations about learning.

The CSLP greatly values the additional benefits that accrue from interdisciplinary collaboration. As a consequence, the CSLP approaches research on learning and performance from three particular perspectives aimed at fostering interdisciplinarity—approaches that cut across all strands and impact areas. In this way, the Centre creates added value by capitalizing on the wide range of disciplinary and methodological expertise of its members. Centre members address questions about learning and performance through:

Laboratory-based and field-based studies of individual differences in learning, thinking, and perception, accessibility challenges, and the understanding of paths to educational success for all learners;
Qualitative and quantitative field-based studies of learner differences in response to varying learning environments, and of successful instructional strategies employed by teachers; and
Systematic reviews of existing empirical research.

Depending on the study, the foci can range from relatively narrow (e.g., the individual and their mental processes) to relatively broad (e.g., organizations and their contexts). By adopting these approaches, the Centre is better able to pool its resources, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and create efficiencies in the sharing of information and expertise, thereby creating the added value expected from this strategic clustering of researchers and their students.


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  The Executive Board:

Meets monthly to set the CSLP’s goals and policies;
Determines criteria for membership in the CSLP and recommend changes;
Decides on issues affecting the CSLP, such as submission of major contract and grant proposals;
Plans CSLP-wide knowledge mobilization activities (internal and external); and
Critically evaluates the CSLP’s effectiveness of meeting the objectives of the Regroupement stratégique on a continuing basis.

Members of the CSLP participate in biennial research and technology fairs and mini conferences, along with an annual retreat and various special events. These activities are designed to disseminate information on their research and development projects amongst CSLP members, their institutional partners and the broader educational community.

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

Australian Research Council (ARC)
Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Canadian Language and Literacy Network (CLLRNet)
Concordia University
Conseil franco-québécois de coopération universitaire (CFQ)
Fonds des services aux collectivité (FSC)
Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC)
Health Canada
Ministère de l Education, Loisir et Sports (MELS)
Ministère du développement économique, de l innovation et de l exportation (MDEIE)
National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Programme d aide à la recherche sur l enseignement et l apprentissage (PAREA)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
St. Marys Hospital Center (SMHC)
Telstra Foundation
United States Department of Education

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:

Organizations with Funded Participants:
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Description of organization's role(s):
Bishops University
Concordia University
Dawson College
John Abbot College
McGill University
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)
University of Montreal
University of Quebec, Montreal (UQAM)
Vanier College

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
They have an executive board consisting of 15 members. They have a 23-page Policies and Procedures guide online, which is intended to promote fair and ethical treatment among the faculty, staff, and students of the CSLP.


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Project-reported performance data :

  09/10 Annual Report Data: 83 external grants/contracts; 229 publications; 471 dissemination activities; 241 students trained  
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