Learning Spaces Need to Enable and Motivate Every Learner
Everybody learns differently – and everyone needs variation. We believe that learning spaces need to support different ways of learning and developing skills for the 21st century.
Our design of spaces is based on six principles that connect learning situations to the physical framework. Each describes a constellation for the learners' focus and interaction:
- Mountain Top
- Watering Hole
We use the design principles to assemble playful learning landscapes where the school day can be organized as destinations in the landscape. Students could start around a Mountain Top, continue with group work in Campfires where they can work Hands-on with their project. Some will need a Cave to immerse themselves while others seek Watering Hole for informal encounters with other learners in the learning community – and throughout the learning sequence, the children can choose Movement to stimulate both mind and body.
Our work with open and flexible learning spaces is supported by academic research, pointing to the significance of the physical space in learning. According to the analysis of academic learning projects from the Center for Research in Early Scientific Learning, students improve their creative skills in flexible spaces that support play and co-creation. And according to the Clever Classrooms report from HEAD Project, the degree of ownership and flexibility in the physical design means improved acquisition of skills.
Students need more involvement in their own learning – with a sound balance between autonomy and fixed boundaries. Strategic interior design can engage and motivate, so all students can achieve their potentials.