Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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Lessons in reading the learning landscape

31 August 2016

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar.

The human drive to learn is strong, but not irrepressible. The ways in which people engage in learning can be shaped by a range of factors, including developmental, social, economic and political factors. Such influences have been studied widely, but relatively little is known about how physical space affects learning activity.

Space matters. The current NSW budget for school infrastructure over the next four years is set at $2.6 billion, and the University of Sydney has committed $2.5 billion to building projects on its Camperdown campus, to be spent before 2020. While these figures highlight an area of significant investment in education, there is very little actionable education research that traces the relations between learning activity and the learning environment. How does location support learning activity? Do lecturers and instructors have favourite spaces for teaching? How do they adapt their teaching and learning practices to work with – and not against – the spaces in which they teach?

Drawing on fieldwork in innovative school and university settings, Dr Pippa Yeoman will present some of the theoretical tools she uses to explore the connections between learning activity and the learning environment. Dr Yeoman’s PhD dissertation, Habits & habitats: an ethnography of learning entanglement, can found at https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/13982.

This seminar will not be available online or recorded.

Event details

  • When: 11.30am–1pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact: Sadhbh Warren
    T: +61 9351 2612
    E: sadhbh.warren@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to eat during the event.

  • Speaker: Pippa Yeoman is a postdoctoral research fellow with the ARC Discovery Project, "Modeling complex learning spaces: connecting use, management and design" at the University of Sydney's Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation. She is a self-described "educational ethnographer" with a specific interest in exploring and describing the observable relations between learning activity and the learning environment - broadly construed.

Lessons in reading the learning landscape

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

31 August 2016


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