edutopia.org is a web site by George Lucas Educational Foundation, doing research and showing examples of the future of schools, learning, pedagogics and learning spaces as well.
The article The Science of Effective Learning Spaces gives interesting and inspiring information the influence of light and seating Arrangements on students´ cognitive performance.
Cross-linguistic research project compares and contrasts learning space definitions and concepts
von Stefan Volkmann
Oftentimes, however, they are treated and interpreted very similarly, across language and countries. On the contrary, many concepts hint towards an expert discourse and terminology, which requires an antonym for public-oriented naming and branding of learning spaces.
To allow scientific systematization, this study reveals the connotative definitions and usage varieties of popular terms. German and English terms have been analyzed, including arrangement, setting, space, place, environment, landscape, world, point, atelier, studio, lab, campus, maker and hackerspace, coworking, mediatheque, center, commons, hubs, and individual names for learning centers. The scope of the report is targeting the German community, however, English-speaking sources have been used extensively. An extensive bibliography links prominent literature citing, using, and interpreting the above terms.
Space for Education
The book ties relevant theoretical discourses and latest research findings together and delivers theoretical foundations. The discussion about the category space in adult education, in this volume, does not just encompass physical space, but moreover social space, digital environments, and regional contexts. Through the entanglement of these various perspectives, the inclusion of spatial discussions in adult education is accomplished, the relevance of space for practitioners and researchers is approximated, and fundamental demands in research and development are illustrated.
Christian Bernhard, Katrin Kraus, Silke Schreiber-Barsch, Richard Stang (Hrsg.): Erwachsenenbildung und Raum. Theoretische Perspektiven – professionelles Handeln – Rahmungen des Lernens. Bielefeld: wbv 2015, 235 Seiten, 34,90 Euro
Symposium “Designing Education Paths” in Nürnberg, Germany, November 12-13, 2015
The conference approaches the relation of lifelong learning, the plurality of learning spaces, and their effective cooperation. Renowned scholarly key speakers from present latest research results, while practitioners report on concrete models of cooperation from various cities.
Around 150 participants from German-speaking countries are expected during this two-day symposium, hosted by the Bildungscampus Nürnberg, in cooperation with Stuttgart Media University (www.hdm-stuttgart.de; www.learning-research.center) and the German Institute of Adult Education (www.die-bonn.de). The entire agenda, as well as the registration form are available at www.bz.nuernberg.de.
Symposium „Rein in die Stadt!?“
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The event, organized by Sikle Schreiber Barsch and Rosa Bracker (both Hamburg University) yielded manifold perspectives on these issues. Malte Ebner von Eschenbach (Potsdam University) fathomed the interdependencies of social ecology and a relational space understanding. Claudia Tunsch (Göttingen University) presented an education-theoretic space analysis model. The interplay of planning, design, and occupancy of pedagogical space was central to the thoughts of Katrin Kraus (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland). Jana Trumann (Duisburg-Essen University) looked at alternative active learning spaces. Bern Käpplinger and Svenja Krämer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) tackled the problem of research in the light of communal interests.
Richard Stang (Media University Stuttgart) introduced perspectives for an education-centric urban development, setting new grounds for communal lifelong learning with new education and culture centers. Internationally, many cities began redesigning spaces for learning. Examples illustrated approaches to education-centered urban development, while actual strategic concepts are missing, still.
This symposium made clear that relation of space and education becomes a stronger focus of pedagogic research. Hence, it comes with no surprise that the Congress of the German Society for Educational Science (DGfE) 2016 adresses the topic “Spaces for Education – Spaces of Education” (http://www.dgfe.de/dgfe-kongresse.html)
Winning design for „Bildungshaus Wolfsburg“ released[/fusion_builder_column]
The facility shall become an innovative, interconnected Learning Space with 16,500 square meters, spearheading the development of municipal education- and culture centers.
The designs of the winning team convinces in their urbanistic position and architectural impression, living up to the high importance this project has for the city. The exceptional plantation in and outside the building will be realized by Tita Giese Pflanzenprojekte from Düsseldorf. The 34 year old architect Esa Ruskeepää manages to translate the manifold requirements of the target group into a persuading space structure and atmosphere, corresponding with the idea of the Bildungshaus. The said structure allows for a barrier-free guidance and orientation system, promising a long-range flexibility of usage.
Preceded by a two-phase planning competition last year, the jury first chose three designs from 112 submissions. In summer 2014, a negotiation procedure followed, allowing the three candidates to expand on their ideas. .
„„The winning design supplies a solid basis to give the new ideas and concepts we’re dealing with a constructional framework“, ”, judges Richard Stang. “We have to rethink education not only content-wise, but also spacially, since the integration of digital medial imposes a growing challenge; and this considering the simultaneously growing interest of the learners to remain in physical learning spaces, while communicating to others”, is what Richard Stang prognoses, considering his results that were consolidated in the Learning Research Center. From his research, he consults municipalities developing new education and cultural centers.