Presentation on theme: "DOES WHERE YOU TEACH MATTER? Pam Woolner, Research Centre for Learning and Teaching."— Presentation transcript:
DOES WHERE YOU TEACH MATTER? Pam Woolner, Research Centre for Learning and Teaching
Learning can take place anywhere.......cant it...?
School buildings research evidence The Impact of School Environments: A literature Review (2005) www.designcouncil.org.uk www.designcouncil.org.uk School building programmes: motivations, consequences and implications (2005) www.cfbt.comwww.cfbt.com Woolner & Hall (2007) Oxford Review of Education 33(1), 47-70 What effect(s) does the physical environment have….? Physically inadequate places impact directly (eg noise on reading; poor air quality on health) and indirectly (poor maintenance on teacher and student attitudes) on learning There is much less evidence for any benefit of much better setting There are exceptions to both these generalisations! What impact(s) does changing the setting have? History shows that changing the physical setting often doesnt change teaching and learning practices Participatory approaches seem to have benefits to place and participants Woolner et al (2010) Learning environments research13(1), 1-22 Woolner & Hall (2010) International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 7 8) 3255-3269 Woolner P. Educational and Child Psychology 2011, 28(1), 9-19
This all suggests... There is no ideal space for learning The importance of fit between the space and what teaching and learning you want to do in it Teachers (and students and others) need to get involved in thinking about teaching spaces and facilitating change
Fitting the space to your intentions Find the appropriate room Consider re-arranging the furniture Discuss how you teach with colleagues Feedback (to your school, faculty, T&L Spaces Group, Estates) about what you need
TEACHING SPACES ON CAMPUS Bev Robinson, Estate Planner, Newcastle University, Estate Support Service
Teaching & Learning spaces Over £15 million of funding has been invested in teaching and learning spaces in the last six years. The aim has been to create Better not more spaces Improve the quality of all teaching rooms Standardise equipment Improve utilisation and efficiency
2011 Refurbishment Old Library Building Cluster - Student study Robinson Library cluster - 24 hour student study King George VI LT5, seminar rooms 1.11 & 1.12 Bedson 1.46 Lecture Theatre Decoration & minor improvements to over 20 teaching and seminar rooms Installation/upgrade of AV Percy 1.19 & 4 Dental seminar rooms Conversion of 7 seminar rooms to boardroom style
Bedson Teaching Centre 1.46 Summer 2011 RefurbishmentWooden seating to be retained
Refurbishments 2011/12 Daysh Brae Cluster David Shaw Lecture Theatre - AV King George VI LT4 Computer clusters - Bedson - Chart, Medical School - Pool, Merz Court - Oracle, Ridley - Neried Creation of a film showing venue Development of a number of social learning spaces Decoration and minor improvements to a number of rooms Creation of large flat floor teaching space
Does Where you teach matter? 1. How can we improve the spaces weve got ? 2. Other institutions 3. Something different?