How does Learning work? Just imagine: Will your Imagination fly and strive in a place where you HAVE to be when learning, but NEVER WOULD CHOOSE to stay, if you had a choice?
In 2018 a group of Australian architects started a most interesting survey on the influence of architectural design on education. On Learning of students as well as outcome and performances, wellbeing of students and teachers.
The survey was targeted at educators across Australia. They wanted to gain insight directly from teachers and educators; to explore how current learning spaces are performing in terms of how flexible, healthy and inspiring they are; and understand what the key influences driving change are and, more importantly, should be.
And the results were startling:
- 75 % of the educators rather see an impact of learning space design on learning than pedagogy.
- However, when asked what should drive change in learning environment, 75% of respondents said pedagogy should be the key driver.
Thinking of design of space for joyful and challenging 21 century learning should be tailored to the context and culture of the school, and it should be for the people, by the people - or at least the learner. This implicates a strong collaboration of planners, architects, teachers and students during the design phase of any learning environment.
So let’s not only talk about 21 century learning from a pedagogical angle.
Space and ambiance matter!
Architects and Educators both have a common responsibility for the learning of students. Let’s share insight and critical feedback between all people involved in school design. They are the key tenets for success when it comes to building a school that shall give room not to students as followers but to adventurers of every kind and their endeavours.
Knightsbridge International School Morges (former LLIS)