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ERIC Number: EJ1380051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0028-8276
EISSN: EISSN-2199-4714
Perceptions about Innovative and Traditional Learning Spaces: Teachers and Students in New Zealand Primary Schools
Fletcher, Jo; Everatt, John; Subramaniam, Yogeetha Devi Bala; Ma, Ting
New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, v58 n1 p133-151 Jun 2023
In New Zealand, the architectural design of schools and the spaces where children learn are being innovated to allow for more opportunities for teachers and students to work collaboratively. However, there is a dearth of research that has investigated both teachers' and students' perceptions of the learning spaces. Little attention has been paid to Asian students, who may perceive learning quite differently from their English-only speaking counterparts. This article compares the perceptions of teachers with students, highlighting the group from Asian backgrounds in both innovative with traditional learning spaces. Fourteen Year 5 and 6 primary teachers from traditional and innovative learning environments were interviewed. Additionally, a questionnaire was given to 150 Year 5 and 6 students. The study found that although many of the teachers perceived challenges with noise and distraction in innovative learning environments, this was not as evident in the responses from the students, particularly the Asian students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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