Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

Mediating contemporary learning through spatial change: An account of 'library-as-experimental-space'

Morrison, C. (2015)

Changing a school from traditional to contemporary learning is challenging. This paper presents anempirically researched account of how one primary school, struggling to bring about a more contemporary learning environment, ‘reimagined the geography of learning’ (Mulcahy, 2015) through redesigning the library as an experimental learning space. Altering the image of ...

Smart Green Schools

The other half of the picture: post-occupancy evaluation for alignment of space and pedagogy

Newton, C | Cleveland, B. (2015)

Prefabricated relocatable learning environments form an important component of school infrastructure in Australia but their light-weight construction means they often require air-conditioning for a comfortable indoor environment quality (IEQ). The ‘envi Sustainable Education Spaces’ were recently constructed by the Department of Education and Technology (DET) in Victoria to showcase a ...

Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

Confusing messages: Is the modern learning environment an example of idealized curricula or disruptive innovation?

Wells, A. (2015)

Despite global commissioning of new school designs, there is a body of literature (Lackney, 2002; Moore & Lackney, 1993; Nair, 2002; Nair & Fielding, 2005; Tanner, 2001; Taylor, 2002; Wolff, 2002) that documents the challenges that environmental designers encounter when they endeavour to design for educational purpose. One difficulty has ...

Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

Making the Space for Space: The Effect of the Classroom Layout on Teacher and Student Usage and Perception of One-to- One Technology

Byers, T | Imms, W. (2014)

Today, a significant proportion of Australian secondary school students have some level of access to digital technology through one-to-one or BYOD programs. This ubiquitous access to devices connected through wireless network can create a technology-enabled learning environments (TELE). The teacher-student connectivity of a TELE has the potential to facilitate more ...

Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

Making the Case for Space: The Effect of Learning Spaces on Teaching and Learning

Byers, T | Imms, W | Hartnell-Young, E. (2014)

An explanatory, mixed method study examined the impact of learning spaces on teachers’ pedagogy, student engagement and student learning outcomes in a technology-rich school setting. Its quasi-experimental design allowed examination of differences in these variables between two settings ‐ ‘traditional’ classrooms, and ‘new generation learning spaces’ (NGLS). Results from quantitative ...

Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments

The evaluation of physical learning environments: a critical review of the literature

Cleveland, B | Fisher, K. (2014)

This article critically reviews the methodologies and methods that have been used for the evaluation of physical learning environments. To contextualize discussion about the evaluation of learning spaces, we initially chart the development of post-occupancy evaluation (POE) for non-domestic buildings. We then discuss the recent evolution of POE into the ...


Not a waste of space: professional development for staff teaching in New Generation Learning Spaces

de la Harpe, B | Mason, T | McPherson, M | Koethe, E | Faulkner, N. (2014)

The project responded to the critical need to focus on improving teaching in [Next] Generation Learning Spaces, since billions of dollars have been spent on designing or retrofitting these spaces. Next Generation Learning Spaces are specifically designed to increase active learning and to support a more student-centred approach to teaching ...

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