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ERIC Number: EJ919675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
Working Together
Sullivan, Margaret
American School & University, v83 n2 p24-27 Oct 2010
Students need space to gather, share ideas, talk, develop common understanding and work to create greater knowledge. This focus on collaboration has put a strain on group study spaces. Students need to collaborate spontaneously, and scheduling time in a study room is not conducive to spur-of-the-moment collaboration. At many education institutions, the availability of safe and flexible, yet comfortable spaces for group work is limited and lacks accessibility. Some of the furniture needed to create collaborative spaces is readily available. One new concept is an office bench system, which provides an open, flat worksurface with low divider screens between facing workers. In addition, power options should be integrated into nearly every furniture concept. Providing students with easy access to power and computer networks is critical to moving people out of study rooms where wall outlets usually are plentiful.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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