Co-constructing Learning Places

Coordinator: John Held

A panel discussion on the role of participation of students, staff and parents in the design of places for learning. Planning new projects or even redesigning existing facilities, requires much discussion and the need to consult a range of stakeholders. How can that process be managed effectively, giving everyone a say but still keeping a clear concept and keeping on budget? At the same time, how do we give a genuine voice to those often ignored, or left with a token input? If we truly value the input of children into constructing their learning, how can we go about this without being condescending or only dealing with superficialities?
Our panel has had a varied experience in understanding how that can be done, respecting the input of everyone, even very young children.

David Mezinec, Principal, Tenison Woods College
Kate Ryan, Halifax St Childrens Centre
Jodie Higgins, Galilee Catholic School
Pam Winter, Early Childhood Consultant

Mawson Lakes
Educating Our Planners: The Experience of Mawson Lakes
Mawson Lakes was a new suburb, planned by Delfin Lend Lease on the plains north of Adelaide and next to the existing UniSA Levels Campus. In 15 years it has been transformed into a thriving community which has placed lifelong education as a focus of its planning, and how the University, schools, the Education Department, the town planners and the Local Council became involved and collaborated in a series of interesting developments including the Mawson Lakes School, the Mawson Centre and a number of award-winning University projects, including UniSA's new Msquared and Building V.

As well as visiting these projects we will hold a discussion on lessons learnt, how education needs to be integrated into planning, and whether future developments can take up the challenge. Our hosts will be Christina Coleiro, Senior Project Manager, UniSA Facilities Management Unit, and Dr. Stan Salagaras, former Education Manager for Delfin Lend Lease. Both Christina and Stan were involved from the start of the development and can give unique perspectives on how difficult, and how rewarding, the collaborative process can be when creating a new community.

This page last updated: Tuesday 13 May 2014