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

Smith, CR (2017) The influence of hierarchy and layout geometry in the design of learning spaces. Journal of Learning Spaces, 6 (3). ISSN 2158-6195

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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 geometry and hierarchy should be considered key parameters in learning space design.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Art & Design
Publisher: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2017 10:35
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 11:17
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6964
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