Redesigning school spaces : creating possibilities for learning

Nixon, Helen & Comber, Barbara (2011) Redesigning school spaces : creating possibilities for learning. In Sefton-Green, Julian, Thomson, Pat, Bresler, Liora, & Jones, Ken (Eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning. Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group), London, pp. 253-263.

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This chapter reports on a project in which university researchers’ expertise in architecture, literacy and communications enabled two teachers in one school to expand the forms of literacy that primary school children engaged in. Starting from the school community’s concerns about an urban renewal project in their neighbourhood, participants collaborated to develop a curriculum of spatial literacies with real-world goals and outcomes. We describe how the creative re-design of curriculum and pedagogy by classroom teachers, in collaboration with university academics and students, allowed students aged 8 to 12 years to appropriate semiotic resources from their local neighbourhood, home communities, and popular culture to make a difference to their material surrounds. We argue that there are productive possibilities for educators who integrate critical and place-based approaches to the design and teaching of the literacy curriculum with work in other learning areas such as society and environment, technology and design and the arts. The student production of expansive and socially significant texts enabled by such approaches may be especially necessary in contemporary neoconservative policy contexts that tend to limit and constrain what is possible in schools.

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ID Code: 46124
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Literacy , Literacy and place, Literacy curriculum, Place-based education, Primary school curriculum and pedagogy
ISBN: 978-0-415-54889-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Routledge.
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2011 01:38
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2016 16:06

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