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New learning spaces: Interaction between stakeholders and development of a school’s operational culture

Credit: CC0 Public Domain New modern physical school spaces require open communication between stakeholders in order to be transformed into meaningful learning environments, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. Pre-existing pedagogies or good practices as such cannot be transferred from one space to another.

New modern school buildings are designed to meet the needs of twenty-first century learners, aiming to facilitate, e.g., flexibility in teaching and learning, as well as collaboration and critical thinking. However, pre-existing pedagogies or good practices as such cannot be transferred from one space to another; instead, active negotiations and interaction between all stakeholders is needed.

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland explored new teaching and learning spaces in order to gain a better understanding of the change from physical spaces to learning environments by examining how, and through which processes, learning spaces are transformed, produced and developed.

Although open and flexible physical spaces can lead to multiple positive outcomes, studies have also shown that they don’t always lead to a change in pedagogy.

“A key question is whether the space is modified to meet learner needs, or whether learners are expected to adapt to the requirements of the space,” Early Stage Researcher Anna […]

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