Learning spaces and pedagogic change: envisioned, enacted and experienced
AuthorMulcahy, D; Cleveland, B; Aberton, H
Source TitlePEDAGOGY CULTURE AND SOCIETY
PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
AffiliationMelbourne Graduate School of Education
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMulcahy, D; Cleveland, B; Aberton, H, Learning spaces and pedagogic change: envisioned, enacted and experienced, PEDAGOGY CULTURE AND SOCIETY, 2015, 23 (4), pp. 575 - 595
Access StatusOpen Access
Building on work in how spaces of learning can contribute to the broader policy agenda of achieving pedagogic change, this article takes as its context the Building the Education Revolution infrastructure programme in Australia. Deploying a sociomaterial approach to researching learning spaces and pedagogic change and drawing on data from interviews conducted with senior leaders, teachers and students in schools with flexible learning spaces, we report on pedagogic change as envisioned for, and enacted and experienced in, these spaces. It was found that there is no causal link between learning spaces and pedagogic change. Rather, pedagogic change is encompassed within multiple sets of relations and multiple forms of practice. We see promise for the emerging field of learning spaces in thinking about space from a relational, sociomaterial perspective. This approach pursues a non-dualist analysis of the space–pedagogy relation and offers less deterministic causal accounts of change than those that are commonly made in the popular and policy literatures.
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