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Kallio, Julie M. – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2018
The redesign of the physical spaces of classrooms and schools has become a prominent feature in many K-12, personalized learning schools, though it is often dismissed as a peripheral aspect of change. Through observations and interviews at four public schools, I examine the affordances of these new spaces and the narrative of their design. I…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Classroom Design, Individualized Instruction, Educational Change
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Acton, Renae – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2018
Lecture halls, an enduring feature of higher education landscapes, are undergoing a spatial revolution. These materialize pedagogic imaginaries of technology-enhanced, student-centered learning. This article investigates the pedagogic performance of a contemporary lecture theater in regional Australia, distanced from a capital city, presenting…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Classroom Design, School Space, Student Centered Learning
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Cogswell, Cynthia A.; Goudzwaard, Michael – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2018
This case study describes a Dartmouth College classroom redesign that intended not only to encourage innovative teaching but to also promote new ways of thinking about how space influences learning through a partnership with faculty to create an incubator for study. This article discusses the campus context for how the classroom was redesigned;…
Descriptors: Classroom Design, School Space, College Faculty, Active Learning
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Wanless, Linda – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2016
For this case study, the author describes the successful collaboration between Michigan Technological University and Herman Miller in the creation of a learning studio within an emerging learning commons. This recently opened learning studio provides faculty and students a place to develop their level of understanding in active teaching and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, School Business Relationship, Active Learning, School Space
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Finkelstein, Adam; Ferris, Jennie; Weston, Cynthia; Winer, Laura – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2016
Designing physical learning environments that connect to indicators of effective educational practice reflects a university's pedagogical commitment to student success. This article describes an approach to teaching and learning space design based on research-informed pedagogical principles successfully implemented at our university. It then…
Descriptors: School Space, Universities, Educational Principles, Evidence Based Practice
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McArthur, John A. – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2015
This study examined the extent to which instructional proxemics--the physical space of the learning environment--impacts student behavioral, affective, and cognitive learning. Participants included 234 college students enrolled in 15 sections of public speaking. Each section was assigned to a study learning environment and an instructor, ensuring…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Physical Environment, School Space, Statistical Analysis
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Walczak, Mary M.; Van Wylen, David G. L. – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2014
In designing St. Olaf College's Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, we attempted to create learning spaces to accommodate classes of 50-100 students and a variety of teaching pedagogies. In this study, we compared three different 72-seat classrooms furnished with half-round tables for four, straight tables, or a serpentine shaped…
Descriptors: Classroom Design, College Faculty, College Students, School Space
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Henshaw, Robert G.; Edwards, Phillip M.; Bagley, Erika J. – Journal of Learning Spaces, 2011
Traditional designs for most mid-sized college classrooms discourage 1) face-to-face interaction among students, 2) instructor movement in the classroom, and 3) efficient transitions between different kinds of learning activities. An experimental classroom piloted during Spring Semester 2011 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill uses…
Descriptors: Classroom Design, Furniture, School Space, Space Utilization