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Education & Language - Learning & Instruction | Aims and Scope: Instructional Science

Aims and Scope: Instructional Science

Instructional Science, An International Journal of the Learning Sciences is an interdisciplinary refereed scholarly journal aimed at promoting a deeper understanding of the nature, theory and practice of learning and of environments in which learning occurs. The journal’s conception of learning as well as of instruction is broad, recognizing that there are many ways to stimulate and support learning. Papers published in recent years represent a wide variety of perspectives from the learning sciences. The journal covers learning as it occurs across the life span and curricular content areas, in technologically rich or lean environments and in both formal and informal learning contexts.

The journal primarily publishes reports of original empirical research and provides space for full and detailed reporting of major studies. Papers published in the journal make an explicit contribution to the science of learning and instruction by drawing out the implications for the design and implementation of learning environments. We particularly encourage the submission of papers that highlight the interaction between learning processes and learning environments, focus on meaningful learning and recognize the role of context. Papers are characterized by methodological variety that range from experimental studies in laboratory settings, over qualitative studies to design-based research in ecological settings.

The journal encourages the submission of replication studies. When review articles are considered for publication, they must deal with central issues in the domain of learning and learning environments.