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Catching sight of students´ learning – a matter of space?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science. (Ungas utbildning, karriärutveckling och välfärd (UKV))
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science. (Rum för lärande)
Umeå University, Umeå University Library, Centre for teaching and learning (UPL). (Rum för lärande)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science. (Rum för lärande)
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2017 (English)In: Innovation in Higher Education Learning Spaces, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Based on a two-year study of a development project aiming to enhance students´ learning in a natural science course by making their understanding more visible to themselves and their teachers, the paper analyzes the role of physical space in this context. Data were collected through syste­matic observations, photo and film document­ation, student surveys, interviews with stud­ents and teachers, and also from students´ examination results over an extended period. Previously, the course used traditional teaching methods and spaces. The students found the contents dif­ficult, and the average examination results were poor. The teachers de­velop­ed more student-active work­ingmethods, challenging students to make their under­standing visible. However, the course literature and type of examination tasks remained unchanged, allow­ing for comparisons over time. The instruction took place in a large, innovative “flex-room”, equipped with touchscreens, whiteboards, highly accessible technology and flexible fur­niture, allowing for increased student communication and feedback. The teach­­ers could interact with student groups in the same room,spot and quickly correct misunder­standings in student presen­ta­tions. The students´ examination results improved con­sider­ably. They argued that the work methods contributed to deeper understanding and improved retention of the course contents. Finally, few observed space-related time-losses occurred. We conclude that well-de­signed spaces were crucial preconditions to enable these positive results.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
learning, understanding, space, higher education
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Social Sciences Pedagogical Work
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educational work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-144153OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-144153DiVA, id: diva2:1176891
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CORE Conference, Heidelberg 30 November 2017
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Rum för Lärande
Available from: 2018-01-23 Created: 2018-01-23 Last updated: 2018-06-09

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