The findings of our latest survey show that the school environment is generally not suitable for 21st-century education. Teachers wish to have a flexible space in the school for varied learning approaches to facilitate innovation, and they believe that there are simple, low-cost steps that can be taken to improve the learning environment.
Thinking about the learning environment in your school or a school you know of, is it fit for purpose? Does it support innovative teaching and learning? How could it be different?
I risultati a mio parere più significativi:
Il 60% dei docenti intervistati segnala„ più integrazione della tecnologia a supporto dell’apprendimento“ come cambiamento più desiderato
il 68% chiede invece uno spazio flessibile nella scuola aperto a diversi approcci di apprendimento
Which three changes to the learning environment would you most like to see?
Asked about which three changes to the learning environment they would like to see in their schools, respondents most frequently cited a flexible space in the school for varied learning approaches (68%). Almost as many (60%) express a desire for more integration of technology to support learning. Other desired changes include more open spaces to support teacher collaboration (39%), more variety of furniture (e.g. large cushions, adjustable desks) (39%), attractive surroundings (e.g. works of art, posters, plants, displays of students’ work) (34%), adaptation to improve access for students with special needs or disabilities (21%) and improved lighting or sound insulation (17%). A minority of respondents indicated that they would like to have better air quality and permission to change the furniture layout (11% and 10%).
The survey reveals that two thirds of respondents think that their school does not have an environment conducive to 21st-century education.
The classroom seems to be the main space used for teaching and learning, and a black- or whiteboard together with a projector seems to be the equipment available in the majority of the classrooms. Most classrooms are set up for 21-30 students and the most common seating layout is pairs of desks in rows. Participants tend to disagree that changes to learning environments distract students or create stress to teachers. Respondents believe that innovation in teaching and learning is facilitated by the school’s learning environment – the school design encourages teachers to apply new ideas, collaborate and experiment, as well as supports the use of technologies.
Most respondents believe that it is possible to change the learning environment in their school and that there are simple, low-cost steps to do so. However, 8 out of 10 respondents agree that ministries and regional/local authorities are not supporting schools enough in creating an optimal environment for modern teaching and learning.
Many participants would like their schools to have a flexible space for varied learning approaches and they would like to integrate technology in the learning process to support learning. They also highlight the need for teacher collaboration, so it is not surprising that they would like to have more open spaces to support it.