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.