productive environments productive pedagogy

5 07 2012

Clearly the environment in which people gather has a significant impact on how they behave. “Intentional environments” are there for specific reasons and I’m particularly interested in “productive spaces” wherein people can work together to achieve useful outcomes. Thinkspace at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum has been my laboratory for learning about learning for nearly 20 years now. (Originally it was called SoundHouse, then Soundhouse Vectorlab).
As I learn more about project based learning (PBL), its clear that an open, informal and flexible space affording a range of technology and furniture is ideally suited to this pedagogical approach.
Consequently I’ve been fascinated to read some masters research in the PBL area by Bianca Hewes http://biancahewes.wordpress.com/project-based-learning/ which provides much food for thought about how to program and very importantly how to assess.

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