I am an ethnographer. I explore how learning activity responds to the environment and how our epistemology of learning—how we think about how we learn—shapes the environments in which we learn. Learning is deeply situated, and in many respects it is no longer bound by time and place. This makes the job of curating complex learning environments a challenging task that requires a nuanced understanding of the interplay of people, place and pedagogy.
I am fascinated by the role of perception in coordinated and increasingly skillful action in the world, and my research is informed by embodied and activity-centered theories of learning. In communicating my work I aim to provide knowledge that is actionable, and my most significant contributions to date include the analysis of online networked learning environments, an ethnography of a place-base primary school learning environment, and a number of case studies exploring altered practice in innovative learning spaces in higher education. I am always exploring new methods for analysing complex learning activity. At present I am testing qualitative methods from human geography and design anthropology, with the intention of finding meaningful ways to incorporate pre and post occupancy evaluations into the process of learning to teach in innovative spaces. I work across disciplines and with a number of industry partners. I am foundning co-convener of the Learning Spaces Special Interest Group (Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation) at the University of Sydney, and a member of Learning Environments Australasia where I also act as juror in their annual design awards.
Yeoman, P. (2018). The material correspondence of learning. In R. A. Ellis & P. Goodyear (Eds.), Spaces of teaching and learning: Integrating perspectives on research and practice, (pp. 81-103). Berlin: Springer.
Yeoman, P. (2017). A study of correspondence, dissonance, and improvisation in the design and use of a school-based networked learning environment. In L. Carvalho, P. Goodyear, M. de Laat (Eds.), Place-based spaces for networked learning, (pp. 41-58). New York: Routledge. [More Information]
Hinton, T., Yeoman, P., Ashor, L., Poronnik, P. (2017). Spaces enabling change: X-lab and science education 2020. In L. Carvalho, P. Goodyear, M. de Laat (Eds.), Place-based spaces for networked learning, (pp. 207-224). New York: Routledge. [More Information]
Goodyear, P., Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Pinto, A., Carvalho, L., Parisio, M., Parker, P., Schwendimann, B., Wardak, D., Yeoman, P. (2015). Analysing the structural properties of learning networks: Architectural Insights into Buildable Forms. In Marcelo Maina, Brock Craft, Yishay Mor (Eds.), The Art & Science of Learning Design, (pp. 15-29). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. [More Information]
Ashe, D., Yeoman, P., Shaw, T. (2014). Qstream: Learning the 'in-between'. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 168-180). New York: Routledge.
Kelly, N., Thompson, K., Yeoman, P. (2015). Theory-led design of instruments and representations in learning analytics: Developing a novel tool for orchestration of online collaborative learning. Journal of Learning Analytics, 2(2), 14-43. [More Information]
Hinton, T., Yeoman, P., Carvalho, L., Parisio, M., Day, M., Byrne, S., Bell, A., Donohoe, K., Radford, J., Tregloan, P., Poronnik, P., Goodyear, P. (2014). Participating in the communication of science: Identifying relationships between laboratory space designs and students' activities. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22(5), 30-42.
Carvalho, L., Yeoman, P. (2017). A toolkit for action: Translating theory into practice. 25th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2017), Taiwan: Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.
Yeoman, P., Spinetti, S. (2017). Contemporary learning environments: Connecting students with support for STEAM projects [STEAM, Technologies and Contemporary Learning Environments: Connecting Disciplines and People in Creative Work symposium]. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference 2017, Canberra, ACT: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
Ashor, L., Hinton, T., Poronnik, P., Yeoman, P. (2017). Experimenting with science and engineering teaching laboratory design. 52nd meeting of The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), Washington, DC.
Yeoman, P., Phelps, M. (2017). If you could see what I can see: The professional and interdisciplinary challenges of designing spaces for learning. 17th Biennial conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI), Tampere, Finland: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).
Yeoman, P., Carvalho, L. (2017). Learning to teach in innovative spaces. 24th Annual Conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), Liverpool, England.
Hod, Y., Eberle, J., Benichou, M., Charles, E., Cress, U., Fischer, F., Goodyear, P., Kali, Y., Kollar, I., Slotta, J., Yeoman, P., et al (2017). Synthesizing CSCL perspectives on the theory, methods, design, and implementation of future learning spaces. 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL 2017), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Carvalho, L., Yeoman, P. (2016). Designing for mobile learning. 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, mLearn 2016, Sydney: University of Technology, Sydney.
Yeoman, P., Carvalho, L. (2014). Material entanglement in a primary school learning network. Ninth International Conference on Networked Learning 2014, Edinburgh: Networked Learning Conference Orgniser.
Yeoman, P., Goodyear, P., Thompson, K. (2013). Habits & habitats: Ethnography of a school based learning ecology. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Wardak, D., Yeoman, P., Parisio, M. (2013). Identification of patterns of tool use and sketching practices in a learning by design task. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Yeoman, P., Parisio, M. (2013). Phases of design: Following idea development and patterns of collaborative discussion in a learning by design project. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Yeoman, P. (2015), Habits and habitats: An ethnography of learning entanglement (Doctoral thesis, University of Sydney, Australia). [More Information]
Co-convenor of the Innovative Learning Spaces SIG
Education: BA Hons (UCT), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Sydney)
P: 0422 524 613