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    Evaluating Learning Environments: Snapshots of Emerging Issues, Methods and Knowledge
    Cleveland, B ; Imms, W ; Fisher, K ; Imms, W ; Cleveland, B ; Fisher, K (Sense Publishers, 2016)
    The recent trend in innovative school design has provided exciting places to both learn and teach. New generation learning environments have encouraged educators to unleash responsive pedagogies previously hindered by traditional classrooms, and has allowed students to engage in a variety of learning experiences well beyond the traditional ‘chalk and talk’ common in many schools. These spaces have made cross-disciplinary instruction, collaborative learning, individualised curriculum, ubiquitous technologies, and specialised equipment more accessible than ever before. The quality of occupation of such spaces has also been encouraging. Many learning spaces now resemble places of collegiality, intellectual intrigue and comfort, as opposed to the restrictive and monotonous classrooms many of us experienced in years past. These successes, however, have generated a very real problem. Do these new generation learning environments actually work – and if so, in what ways? Are they leading to the sorts of improved experiences and learning outcomes for students they promise? This book describes strategies for assessing what is actually working. Drawing on the best thinking from our best minds – doctoral students tackling the challenge of isolating space as a variable within the phenomenon of contemporary schooling – Evaluating Learning Environments draws together thirteen approaches to learning environment evaluation that capture the latest thinking in terms of emerging issues, methods and knowledge.
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    TAKE 8 Learning Spaces: The transformation of educational spaces for the 21st century
    Atkin, J ; Chester, M ; Cleveland, B ; Culkin, M ; Calzini, J ; Davies, M ; Featherston, M ; Goddard, T ; Hes, D ; Jamieson, P ; Leonard, R ; London, G ; Salagaras, S ; Stewart, P ; Sutton, L ; Wilks, S ; Woodman, K ; Newton, C ; Fisher, K (Australian Institute of Architects, 2009)
    TAKE 8 explores the intersection between architecture and education with a focus on Australia. Under the title of Learning Spaces, the editors have asked researchers and practitioners from both education and architecture to contribute their reflections on the relationship between learning and physical space. TAKE 8 Learning Spaces has grown out of an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant called Smart Green Schools. Both editors and many of the authors are contributors to that research as Chief Investigators, Industry Partners or PhD students.
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    Smart Green Schools The Unofficial Overview
    Newton, C ; Hes, D ; Dovey, K ; Fisher, K ; Wilks, S ; Cleveland, B ; Woodman, K ; Newton, C ; Wilks, S (Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, 2010)
    The Smart Green Schools project, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant (2007-2010), investigated the influence of innovative and sustainable school building designs on middle school education in Victoria focussing on understanding the links between design, sustainability, pedagogy and Information Communication Technology (ICT) within 21st century learning spaces. The projects’ aims were both practical and theoretical. Practically, there was an urgent need for current and local data on school design to ensure effective spending of government funds on facilities that support learning. Theoretically, the research project aimed to advance thinking about how schools, as complex systems, engaged with contemporary design, curriculum, technological, and environmental issues.