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’ ...

Smart Green Schools

TAKE 8 Learning Spaces: The transformation of educational spaces for the 21st century

Atkin, J | Chester, M | Cleveland, B | Culkin, M | Calzini, J. | Davies, M | Featherston, M | Fisher, K | Goddard, T | Hes, D | Jamieson, P | Leonard, R | London, G | Newton, C | Salagaras, S | Stewart, P | Sutton, L | Wilks, S | Woodman, K. (2009)

TAKE 8 explores the intersection between architecture and education with a focus on Australia. Under the title of Learning Spaces, the editors have asked researchers and practitioners from both education and architecture to contribute their reflections on the relationship between learning and physical space. TAKE 8 Learning Spaces has grown ...

Smart Green Schools

Equitable pedagogical spaces: teaching and learning environments that support personalisation of the learning experience

Cleveland, B. (2009)

This paper introduces the concept of equitable pedagogical spaces and discusses the potential educational gains that may result from the creation of physical learning environments that are designed to facilitate equity of instruction. Incorporating Monahan's concept of 'built pedagogy', and informed by work in constructivist educational theory by Dewey, Gardiner, ...

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