Future Proofing Schools

Redefining the Relocatable: Multidisciplinary design for a wicked problem

Newton, C | Backhouse, S. (2012)

This paper centres on a three-year Australian Research Project that has sought to redefine an important component of Australia’s education infrastructure, the relocatable classroom, as high performance and design-led through a multidisciplinary research process. Our focus has been to encourage conversations between educators, designers, government procurement teams and manufacturers. This ...

Future Proofing Schools

Future Proofing Schools The Phase 2 Research: Competition

Newton, C | Backhouse, S | Fisher, K | Gan, L | Grose, M | Hes, D | Howard, P | Kvan, T | Monie, J | Wilks, S. (2012)

The Future Proofing Schools Research Team has been delighted with the response to the Design Ideas Competition, We congratulate the winners but also thank the many entrants who, while not named for an award, have contributed the inspiring ideas that you will and within this publication. The Australian Research Council ...

Smart Green Schools

Engaging spaces: innovative learning environments, pedagogies and student engagement in the middle years of school

Cleveland, B. (2011)

This interdisciplinary research project was conducted as part of an Australian Research Council Linkage project entitled Smart Green Schools. Calling principally on the disciplines of architecture, education and human geography, it investigates the relationships between innovative middle years’ learning environments, pedagogies and student engagement (Fredricks, Blumenfeld & Paris, 2004). The ...

Future Proofing Schools

Future Proofing Schools The Phase 1 Research Compilation

Newton, C | Backhouse, S | Fisher, K | Gan, L | Grose, M | Hes, D | Howard, P | Kvan, T | Monie, J | Wilks, S. (2011)

Future Proofing Schools is an Australian Research Council funded research project that is working with six education departments across Australia and other Industry Partners to re-vitalise ‘relocatable classrooms’ as 21st century learning spaces. Our research suggests that we have an unprecedented opportunity to benefit from a range of ‘tipping points’ ...


More than a survey: an interdisciplinary post-occupancy tracking of BER schools

Newton, C | Wilks, S | Hes, D | Aibinu, A | Crawford, R | Goodwin, K | Jensen, C | Chambers, D | Chan, T | Aye, L. (2011)

In February 2009, the Australian Government announced the $16.2b Building the Education Revolution (BER) as part of an economic stimulus package. In the context of a global financial crisis, the Government called for ‘shovel ready’ projects requiring state education departments to develop template designs to speed the delivery process. Three ...

Smart Green Schools

Re-placing flexibility: an investigation into flexibility in learning spaces and learning

Woodman, K. (2011)

Pedagogical approaches in education are currently moving from teacher-directed, didactic, and instructionalist towards student-centred, personalised, and constructivist. As a result, classrooms are changing from enclosed, rectangular, repetitive cells to open, connected, flexible learning spaces. The term flexibility has become inseparable from learning spaces. It is employed extensively by those involved ...

Smart Green Schools

Smart Green Schools The Unofficial Overview

Newton, C | Hes, D | Dovey, K | Fisher, K | Wilks, S | Cleveland, B | Woodman, K. (2010)

The Smart Green Schools project, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant (2007-2010), investigated the influence of innovative and sustainable school building designs on middle school education in Victoria focussing on understanding the links between design, sustainability, pedagogy and Information Communication Technology (ICT) within 21st century learning spaces. The projects’ ...

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