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Understanding the implications of an open-space learning environment at KMS : a narrative case study

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Title: Understanding the implications of an open-space learning environment at KMS : a narrative case study
Authors: Atabay, Kyle John
Keywords: open classrooms
Issue Date: Aug 2014
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2014]
Abstract: This qualitative, narrative case study captures the voices of students who share their perspectives about their learning and social experiences in an open-space learning environment provided by their independent, middle school. A review of the literature relays the history of open classrooms in the United States and shares characteristics that define 21st century learning spaces. The author also shares a journey of personal learning to prepare for an open-space learning environment. Student survey responses and a focus group discussion provide the data that were analyzed for major themes, including power of the group, movement, assists communication, concentration, and yearning for the past. This study seeks to record the preparation work done by the school for the new space and has the potential to inform the school of important next steps to make improvements, as implied in the student data, to areas of need. Additionally, other educators interested in alternative learning spaces may find value in this process. Students generally share positive experiences, although auditory and visual distractions are most frequently mentioned. However, the data also shows the students' ability to adjust to an open-space learning environment. Students' experiences also highlight adolescent characteristics that imply that an open-space learning environment supports middle school best practice, as well as the 21st century skills of communication and collaboration. Finally, students seem to pay close attention to the needs of their peers in an open-space learning environment, and appreciate the collaborative work that is done by their teachers. The author shares a visual tool for use by other educators for thinking through learning spaces and provides personal insight on the mindset necessary to plan for appropriate learning environments for the future.
Description: D.Ed. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2014.
Includes bibliographical references.
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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