The Learning Study approach is a model for Teacher Professional Development engagement with teachers in the classroom. Learning study embraces an explicit learning theory, namely variation theory. This is a pedagogical theory for framing the learning experience and addressing the learning gap often evident in learners.
The theory gives teachers a language for explaining how learners respond in the class, thus enhancing their capacity for diagnosing learner misconceptions. The Learning Study pilot was funded by Capitec, and has had significant influence on the way future interventions have been planned at the Schools Development Unit (SDU). The outcomes have led to the extension of the theory to other subject areas, namely English and the Sciences.