Reflection 3: Charrette process: Benefits and disadvantages

I found the charrette process to be helpful and insightful. Working with a partner, whom assumed the role as a teacher, highlighted many different design flaws and triumphs that I had overlooked. These were some definite advantages and I intend to use this process again. In terms of disadvantages, I often found myself neglecting my own…

Key Evaluation Findings

It is my opinion that the learning space, although initially designed with collaborative learning in mind, is not suited to its intended purpose. The closeness between the grouped seating arrangements ensures that noise levels rise as each group struggles to communicate effectively. Therefore, the sound carries from the ground level of the library to the…

Education Context, Learning Space and Learner Profile

Educational Context The location of my ‘swamp’ is a co-educational, boarding and day student, private school located within the inner suburbs of Brisbane. The pedagogical approach of the school is that of inquiry based, and collaborative learning. Learning Space The learning space is that of the secondary school library, specifically the ground floor. The layout of the…

Reflection 2: Who and what is valued at Learning Space A?

Learning Space A values self-directed, or inquiry, learning. It is a 5 story building, with a clear progression of learning activities towards the upper levels. Although the lower levels of the space are designed for collaborative learning, it was clear that as I approached levels 4 and 5, the space had developed completely into a…

Reflection 1: First thoughts about my swamp

My ‘swamp’ is a large, two storied space; an overgrown, untidy maze in which learning treasures may be found if you look carefully among the junk. Furniture and desk space are afforded pride of place, whilst little thought of the valuable, tangible learning resources is given. Meeting spaces and comfy couches crowd the floor; a small shelving area houses…

Reflecting on what now?

As part of Designing Learning Spaces I was asked to evaluate a local library, identify the needs of the user, the positives and negatives of the space, and ways in which I had grown from the experience. These reflections will help to show my learning process throughout this unit. Included will be a reflection on…

Interview with a 19 year old… Part 2

My interview with 19 year old E, a 2nd year uni student, soon turned towards the more traditional popular culture mediums, such as books, movies, TV series and music.  It was again interesting to note the we agreed on many things. When asked about what kinds of books she likes to read, E responded with:…

Interview with a 19 year old… Part 1

When given the chance to interview a young person regarding their interaction with the various forms of popular culture, I couldn’t resist interviewing a 19 year old.  Why? Because I want to know how these teenagers close to my own age feel about all this. There is a copy of the interview attached to the…

Fandoms!

You might be wondering, “what on earth is a fandom!”  Well, you wouldn’t be the first to be confused.  Actually, it wasn’t until last year that I fully understood what a ‘fandom’ was and was definitely shocked to realize that I could be called a very minor ‘fangirl’ myself (I do love my Harry Potter…