Update from Matthew Fox

“The changing architecture of the Geography classroom; student perception on the effects of layout on learning”

The research investigated how students perceived which classroom layouts furthered learning most effectively for different types of lesson activities. Three layouts (horseshoe, pairs and modular) were trialled on a Y9 Geography class for individual/pairs based work and group work (four or more). After each trial lesson the students filled in a questionnaire assessing their participation, collaboration and progress in the lesson. After the trial lessons a focus group with a few members of the class was also conducted. The results showed that for a large proportion of students they don’t believe layout affects their learning. However, they also indicated students perceive they participate more in the horseshoe layout for individual/pairs work whilst they collaborate more in the modular layout for group work.

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