Collaborative Re-design: Working with School Communities to Understand and Improve their Learning Environments
Join us on Tuesday 27 Feb at 2pm for a seminar with Dr Pam Woolner, Senior Lecturer in Education at Newcastle University (UK). She will present on her upcoming chapter: Collaborative Re-design: Working with School Communities to Understand and Improve their Learning Environments in Ellis, RA; Goodyear, P, ed. Spaces of teaching and learning: Integrating perspectives on research and practice.
- Where: Room 612, Education Building A35
- When: Tuesday 27th Feb 2018 from 2.00-3.00pm (note change of time).
- No refreshments provided, but you are welcome to bring your own along
- No registration needed, just come on the day
This chapter presents a heuristic of four principles for researchers, designers or school communities to use to facilitate collaborative engagement about school space. It is first explained how each idea is derived from the literature and previous research. Then a practical exemplar of the process in an English primary school is reported. Finally, a discussion reviews the four principles in light of this example and briefly considers how they might relate to established conceptualisations of participation and collaborative decision-making. Key to this process is the recognition that school is more than a building, where social, physical and organisational aspects interact. A second key understanding is that while change in education is indeed challenging, it is clear that engaging with school space can help users make changes that align educational aims and practices with physical and organisation structures.
Pam's research interests centre on understanding and developing the physical learning environment. This includes examining the historical and research background to recent developments in school buildings, and investigating the participation of users (including students, teachers, non-teaching staff and the wider community) in the design process. Her bio is at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ecls/staff/profile/pamelawoolner.html#research