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Ellis, Robert A., Ed.; Goodyear, Peter, Ed. – Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice, 2018
This integrated collection of perspectives on the spaces of teaching and learning uses 'learning space' to place educational practice in context. It considers the complex relationships involved in the design, management and use of contemporary learning spaces. It sheds light on some of the problems of connecting the characteristics of spaces to…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Instruction, Learning, Educational Research
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Mulcahy, Dianne – Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice, 2018
It is often assumed in the education literature that spaces are either neutral backdrops to teaching and learning or are "themselves" agents for change such that changed spaces will change practice. In this chapter, I offer a less deterministic and dichotomous account of the space-practice relation. Drawing selectively from new…
Descriptors: Museums, Schools, Educational Environment, Environmental Influences
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Goodyear, Peter; Ellis, Robert A.; Marmot, Alexi – Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice, 2018
The chapters in this book both contribute to, and raise fundamental questions about, the knowledge that is valuable in the creation of good places to learn. Whether one is designing, managing or inhabiting a learning place, there are kinds of knowledge that can beneficially affect the relations between one's activities and surroundings. What does…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Research, Educational Facilities Design, School Space
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Ellis, Robert A.; Han, Feifei; Pardo, Abelardo – Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice, 2018
First-year university students in an engineering course experienced activities which required them to engage in learning back and forth across physical and virtual learning space. The lecturer had designed a campus-based course with a significant online component involving activities for preparing the class, for use during class and for reflecting…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Engineering Education, Blended Learning, Learning Activities
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Ellis, Robert A.; Goodyear, Peter; Marmot, Alexi – Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice, 2018
This chapter provides an orientation to both the book series, "Understanding Teaching-Learning" Practice," and this book, "Spaces of Teaching and Learning." It begins by situating the idea of "practice" in educational research and emphasises our interest in the individual and the mind and the links between these…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Practices, Interaction, Educational Environment
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Ravelli, Louise J. – Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice, 2018
This chapter addresses the complexity of university learning spaces by recasting them as communicative texts, that is, meaning-making environments that say something to and with students and teachers in their design and their social and cultural location . This enables a focus on the process of meaning-making between students and aspects of…
Descriptors: Universities, School Space, Educational Environment, College Students
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Woolner, Pamela – Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice, 2018
This chapter presents a heuristic of four principles for researchers, designers or school communities to use to facilitate collaborative engagement about school space. It first explains how each idea is derived from the literature and previous research. Then a practical example of the process in an English primary school is reported. Finally, a…
Descriptors: School Space, Cooperation, Heuristics, Elementary Schools
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Tay, Lee Yong; Nair, Shanthi Suraj; Lim, Cher Ping – Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice, 2018
This chapter presents a case study of how a group of eight teachers from an elementary school uses digital and online spaces for students' acquisition of literacy and numeracy knowledge and skills (i.e. the teaching and learning of English language and mathematics). The participating teachers teach either one or both of the subjects mentioned…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Johnson, W. Michael; Khoo, Michael John – Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice, 2018
As the evolution of information ecosystems has accelerated across higher education, learning commons have become iconic places celebrating the changing nature of student learning. These places have become important symbolic centres in higher education today, combining the goals of equitable education together with access to unprecedented layers of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Shared Facilities, School Space, Models
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Elmore, Richard F. – Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice, 2018
The opportunity to design new physical environments for learning opens new opportunities to reconceive the way societies construct their understanding of learning, in a least three ways: (1) a movement away from the existing "normal science" of education toward the practice of design, intended to create learning environments based on…
Descriptors: Physical Environment, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities Design, Neurosciences
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Temple, Paul – Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice, 2018
The possible connections between the physical character of the university and its academic effectiveness have, over the last decade or so, become a focus of increasing research and professional interest. I have previously suggested that a means of understanding the connections between the two may be found by studying the transformation of space…
Descriptors: Universities, Institutional Characteristics, Educational Facilities, School Effectiveness
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Yeoman, Pippa – Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice, 2018
Despite a commonly held assumption that our environment shapes what we do, a review of the literature reveals a paucity of empirical research exploring "how" the designed environment can be said to influence learning activity. Accompanied by an attendant lack of theory and methods, this results in missed opportunities to support learning…
Descriptors: Environmental Influences, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities Design, Elementary Schools
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Nordquist, Jonas; Fisher, Kenn – Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice, 2018
This chapter addresses the topic of aligning physical learning spaces with contemporary curricula in medicine and health professions education on university campuses. It is argued that the design of physical learning spaces is more important than ever at a time of an increased use of virtual learning approaches and a rapidly changing health…
Descriptors: School Space, Blended Learning, Medical Education, Allied Health Occupations Education