Teaching Experience and Innovative Learning Environments: Implications for Initial Teacher Education
Innovative learning environments (ILEs) are a shift away from cellular arrangements of learning and teaching where one teacher holds pedagogical responsibility for a class of children (25–35 individuals) in one classroom to multiple teachers (between 2 and 4) taking shared responsibility for larger and more flexible groupings of students (90–120) within spaces designed as open and adaptable “learning hubs.” These spaces differ from conventional schooling arrangements and are predicated on the assumption that traditional school design favors conventional visions of teaching and learning, which do not adequately prepare students for twenty-first-century work. What is required instead is student-centered, inquiry-based, and technology-integrated learning within physical spaces flexible enough to support this personalized approach. The move to ILEs represents a growing trend in reshaping learning and teaching. Many new schools internationally are built entirely from...
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