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The influence of hierarchy and layout geometry in the design of learning spaces

Smith, CR;
Open Access English
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Country: United Kingdom
For a number of years, higher education has moved away from didactic teaching toward collaborative and self-directed learning. This paper discusses how the configuration and spatial geometry of learning spaces influences engagement and interaction, with a particular focus on hierarchies between people within the space. Layouts, presented as diagrams, are analysed in terms of teacher-to-student and student-to-student power dynamics and against an established framework of learning space principles. The paper observes that some arrangements have underlying hierarchies which subtly reinforce traditional teacher-centred power dynamics and concludes that spatial geome...
ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION
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