Imagination in school children's choice of their learning environment: An Australian study

Bland, Derek C. & Sharma-Brymer, Vinathe (2012) Imagination in school children's choice of their learning environment: An Australian study. International Journal of Educational Research, 56, pp. 75-88.

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A visual research project addressed school children's concepts of ideal learning environments. Drawings and accompanying narratives were collected from Year 5 and Year 6 children in nine Queensland primary schools. The 133 submissions were analysed and coded to develop themes, identify key features and consider the uses of imagination. The children's imagined schools echo ideas promoted by progressive educators. The results of this study suggest benefits for school designers can emerge from the imaginative contributions of children in creating engaging environments, while educational policy makers can benefit from children's ideas in the promotion of engaging, student-centred pedagogies.

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ID Code: 54847
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: visual research, school design, student voice, primary education, Australia, imagination
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2012.06.002
ISSN: 0883-0355
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Educational Research. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Educational Research, [Volume 56, (2012)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2012.06.002
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2012 02:06
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 02:42

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