The Chicken or the Egg - Does Space Define Pedagogy or Pedagogy Define Space?

Coordinator: Julia Atkin

Australian Science and Mathematics School - Flinders University

This is a ‘progressive’ workshop run in four spaces. The ‘appetiser’ at the Adelaide Oval will set the scene and whet the appetite before we travel to two school sites. The workshop will continue on the bus in preparation for our explorations of the interplay between pedagogy and space at the Australian Science and Maths School (ASMS) and Morphett Vale Primary School. The workshop process will continue at each site and will involve our hosts in the inquiry process.

The ten-year old ASMS says of itself: “We embrace the diversity of learning, encourage self directed learning and place great importance on collaborative learning. Our students shape their learning to best suit their own learning goals and learning styles. At the ASMS we apply science and maths classroom topics to real life situations. We give students the opportunity and tools to search, discover and understand.”

As one of the Australian leaders in the deliberate design of spaces to enable their philosophy of learning, what have they learned about the interdependence of pedagogy and space in their ten-year plus journey?

Morphett Vale Primary School

Morphett Vale Primary School (MVPS) is an exciting newly developed school in a picturesque setting within the Morphett Vale area, approximately 40 minutes from the Adelaide CBD. The school boasts new, modern and spacious learning areas, including a new Preschool Centre situated on beautifully landscaped grounds. MVPS caters for the education and wellbeing of students from Preschool to Year 7 and also accommodate two special classes, Out of School Hours Care, an Occasional Care service and an active playgroup program. MVPS has a strong emphasis on developing and sustaining the valued relationships it has built between families, staff and students across the new school community over recent years. It has a strong focus on literacy, numeracy and ICT with an emphasis on high expectations, explicit teaching and innovation and consistency with teaching theory. MVPS is committed to ongoing work in implementing the ‘Teaching for Effective Learning Framework’ (TfEL) in 2013. The school community is extremely proud of their new school and take great satisfaction in the quality of education and care and service that they provide for the students and school community.

Our return trip to the Adelaide Oval will provide an opportunity to debrief and synthesise our findings.

This page last updated: Tuesday 13 May 2014