Researchers gather evidence on innovative learning environments—7 February 2018

Educational researchers based at The University of Melbourne, are using and Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme fundingto gather evidence and verify the impact of innovative learning environments (ILE) on school students and teachers.

With additional funding from several businesses, schools, and education departments from around Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden, the project is bridging a knowledge gap between the educational potential of ILE design, and their actual performance.

Writing in the Conversation, the researchers from the Innovative Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) project have found that there is often little evidence to support trends in classroom design.

In a significant review of educational literature, they found that of 5,521 articles retrieved (since 1960), only 21 studies evaluated the impacts of the physical environment of primary and secondary schools on measures of student learning outcomes. 

Utilising the evidence and insights gleaned from their research, the cross-disciplinary team is developing new strategies and resources for teachers and schools that will guide developments in pedagogy, policy and design, in schools across Australia, New Zealand, and beyond.


Image: Educational researchers are gathering evidence to verify the impact of innovative learning environments on school students and teachers.
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Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018