ERIC Number: EJ907063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Reference Count: 10
Can the Physical Environment Have an Impact on the Learning Environment?
Lippman, Peter C.
CELE Exchange, Article 13 Nov 2010
This article argues in favour of challenging "best practice" generally accepted by the architectural profession by embracing a responsive design approach for creating learning environments. Such an approach accepts that the environment shapes the learner, and that learners influence their environment. A responsive design approach would embrace the educational ideology, "practice theory," which describes the interaction between learner and environment, and link this to the concept of responsive commissioning, a research approach that explores the nature of the interaction between the social and physical aspects of the learning environment. The designer can then create an environment that is more responsive to the needs of 21st century education.
Descriptors: Design, Interaction, Physical Environment, Educational Environment, Environmental Influences, Ideology, Space Utilization, Educational Technology, Montessori Method, Interior Design, Sustainable Development, Architecture
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