Student Perceptions on the Role of the Classroom Environment on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
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The physical classroom remains the one constant space where most schooling takes place and where everyday Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) practices in formal educational settings occur. While educational advocates have championed the need for a change to schooling, pedagogy and various teaching and learning practices, the learning environment where these activities are taking place especially at the university level remain the same year after year, creating challenges for those attempting to implement CSCL. In this paper we argue that we cannot improve learning without looking at how the physical classroom space and furniture layout is designed and its impact on learning. Given that the CSCL research emphasizes social interactions, collaboration and knowledge growth, all of which should be occurring in the classroom, it seems appropriate to look at classroom space and changing pedagogies.
KeywordsClassroom furniture Collaborative technology use Learning environments Physical classroom space
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