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Designing spaces for learning: 10 questions to STOP asking and 10 questions to START asking for choi

Compelling thoughts about designing contemporary learning environments.



Currently I am reading Design for the Changing Educational Landscape: Space, Place and the Future of Learning (Harrison & Hutton). The book was published in 2014 and cites research and white papers dating back to the early 2000s. People were having the conversations then, the same ones that we are having now. A quote in the book is from the Design Council (UK) “Learning Environments Campaign Prospectus: From the Inside Out Looking In” (2005)

The 2005 research showed low quality, standardised and institutional classroom environments and resources are not just uninspiring, they actually:

  1. reduce the range of teaching and learning styles possible and affect interaction between teacher and student

  2. undermine the value placed on learning

  3. fail to adapt to individual needs

  4. hinder creativity

  5. are inefficient

  6. waste time and effort

  7. cost more in the long term

Too often the imperative of the urgent and the need to meet the budget stops school…

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