Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

A New Curriculum and a New Learning Space: An Opportunity for Real Change in an Irish Context

Barry, N | Raftery, D. (2016)

Curricular change is currently underway in Ireland. A new Junior Cycle Student Award (JCSA) marks a move away from traditional learning and examinations, replacing these with project work, continual assessment, and collaborative styles of learning. Traditionally, teaching and learning has been dominated by teacher-led methodologies. Students sit in straight rows ...

Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

The Cultural Architecture of Schools: A Study of the Relationship between School Design, the Learning Environment and Learning Communities in New Schools

Bertram, K. (2016)

The literature in the area of educational facilities design and the built environment for schools is both vast and fragmented. Broadly speaking, the literature can be grouped into three types, with the first type using the notion of the classroom as a “Third Teacher” constituting physical space as an active ...

Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

Aligning Learning Environment Affordances for Effective Professional Learning in an Innovative Senior Secondary STEM School

Bissaker, K. (2016)

A shortage of graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines has been reported internationally with the Australian Industry Group (2013) noting that STEM skill shortages are limiting business and opportunities to innovate and – with the growth in technology and its ubiquitous use world-wide the STEM skills shortage ...

Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

Working Together in the Space-Between: Pedagogy, Learning Environment and Teacher Collaboration

Bradbeer, C. (2016)

For teachers, the arrival of new generation learning environments (NGLEs) may offer the chance to do something that the predominant built infrastructure has discouraged - the opportunity to work together. Learning environment designs that deliberately group teachers, students and learning settings together signal a spatially inbuilt intentionality for teacher collaboration. ...

Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

I can see clearly now the wall is gone: Situated Professional Learning in a Collaborative Innovative Learning Environment

Bradbeer, C. (2016)

The development of effective collaborative teacher practice within Innovative Learning Environments (ILEs) in primary schools forms a critical component that might underpin how successfully they operate. For many teachers, this shift into new and shared spatial settings may well coincide with increased levels of openness, visibility, deprivitisation of practice and ...

Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

A Quasi-Experimental and Single-Subject Research Approach as an Alternative to Traditional Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Learning Environments

Byers, T. (2016)

The past decade has seen a resurgence in the literature concerning the effectiveness of physical learning environments. A worrying characteristic of this research has been a lack of rigorous experimental methodology (Brooks, 2011; Painter et al., 2013). This may be due to the difficulties associated with randomly assigning students and ...

Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

Evaluating the change in space in a technology-enabled primary years setting

Byers, T | Imms, W. (2016)

There has been considerable attention in the literature postulating the potential effects of contemporary, technology-enabled new generation learning spaces (NGLS) on both teaching and learning (Brooks, 2011, 2012). This has, in part, been driven by the pervasive and transformative potentiall of ubiquitous access to and use of digital technology in ...

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