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New Spaces, Better Teaching?

A practical guide to evaluating the alignment of pedagogy and space
ISBN: 978-1-74286-541-6 
Author(s): Wesley Imms and Benjamin Cleveland
Publisher: ACER, 2019
SKU code: A5368BK
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New Spaces, Better Teaching? addresses the critical role of school architecture in supporting effective teaching and learning.

As a practical guide for architects, system administrators and school leaders, the book provides insight into how attention to the alignment of pedagogy and space can help improve teaching and learning practices and activities. Based on empirical evidence from a decade of research by the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN)New Spaces, Better Teaching? has a strong orientation towards the need for practitioner-led evaluation strategies that can help teachers (and others working in the field) identify the types and characteristics of learning spaces that are supportive of 21st century pedagogies and the delivery of contemporary curricula.

The book is targeted at architects, school system administrators, school leaders, educational space planners, facility managers and teachers and will provide schools with the underlying principles and practices of good learning environment evaluation and create the case that evaluation of space can be, and should be, a daily exercise in improving pedagogy.

Author(s): Wesley Imms and Benjamin Cleveland
About the Author(s):

Wesley Imms is an Associate Professor at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, where he is Head of Visual Art and Design Education and Research Higher Degree Coordinator for Curriculum and Teaching. He is the lead Chief Investigator of Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (2016–19) and previously led Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments (2013–16), which are both ARC Linkage Projects. Associate Professor Imms has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, conference papers and books, numerous reports and invited lectures here and overseas. He is an experienced educator and teaches subjects spanning visual art curriculum and studio practice, innovative learning spaces, and masters-level learning spaces capstone and teacher/practitioner subjects, in addition to supervising doctoral, Master of Education/Philosophy and Master of Teaching honours theses.

Dr Benjamin (Ben) Cleveland is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, where he coordinates the research program of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN). He is a Chief Investigator for Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (2016–19) and was Research Manager for Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments (2013–16), leading a three-year program of learning environment evaluation for Catholic Education Melbourne. He has also co-edited the book Evaluating Learning Environments: Snapshots of Emerging Issues, Methods and Knowledge and recently led a review of the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s school area standards.