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ERIC Number: EJ932780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
You Are Where You Sit: Uncovering the Lessons of Classroom Furniture
McKenna, Tom
Rethinking Schools, v25 n1 p47-50 Fall 2010
In this article, the author describes an activity that involves classroom seating arrangements and allows students to talk about some of the implications of classroom furniture arrangements. The purpose of the activity is to provide students with an opportunity to think about ordinary things in their lives and push them to find connections between how they sit in a classroom and how they learn to view themselves in a larger political world. Students analyze the impact of different seating arrangements in class, linking issues of power, space, and hierarchy to the world outside. Simply changing the furniture will not in and of itself change pedagogy or raise consciousness, but it can provide a way to start thinking about how students and teachers hope to transform themselves. One can start to uncover a complex system of relationships both in school and "out there" by simply taking stock of where one finds himself/herself in the world--how people are placed in relation to each other. Once aware, teachers can help their students develop strategies to deal with a system that casts them to the rear--a system that teaches them to adjust to a given reality rather than create one.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oregon