Early this week Kathryn Ryan from the Radio NZ National – Nine to Noon show interviewed Dr Wesley Imms from the University of Melbourne. Dr Imms is researching Modern Learning Environments and their impact on learning.
The research is indicating a positive shift in children’s deep learning.
“In these sort of really open learning environments, or the flexible learning spaces, there’s a much much higher level of teachers teaching in a way that the research shows is probably most favourable to learning outcomes,” Dr Imms told RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme.
He said the survey also found the rooms had a higher incidence of “deep learning”, where children retained knowledge and could use it, as opposed to rote learning.
“In other words, we’ve found a very strong correlation between innovative learning environments, high levels of deep learning and high-quality teaching.”
It was a very interesting conversation. If you would like to listen to the 13 minutes interview then click here.