Mark Kelly, the global head of education for architect firm Woods Bagot has joined the chorus of public school principals concerned about the federal government’s school rebuilding program.
In Tuesday’s Australian , Kelly urged the federal government to move away from traditional one-size-fits-all templates to more innovative and sustainable school designs that promote collaborative models of learning and teaching.
I believe these comments have helped move the debate on contemporary school design forward. By bringing light to this issue, it forces school to think about what kinds of learning spaces are needed to promote/encourage collaborative learning.
However, buildings and laptops are only resources used by good teachers to enhance learning and therefore improve learning outcomes.
We know that if you begin with the fundamentals: good models of teacher development and you understand how today’s students learn, you can design agile spaces that support and empower teachers in their work.
Unfortunately, what is always missing from these debates is a fundamental element – pedagogy.
Contemporary learning spaces depend on contemporary approaches to learning and teaching. Sadly, it is futile building innovative learning spaces if teachers continue championing 20th century pedagogies.