Research shows that children learn in different ways and at different paces. Personlised learning honours this understanding where each student gets a ‘learning plan’ based on how they learn, what they know and what their skills and interests are. It’s the opposite of a ‘one size fits all’ approach used in many school. If done well, all of the students will be more engaged in their learning and students who are struggling will get help sooner, preventing falling behind.
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Schools are moving away from the traditional row seating and grouped desks and opting for furniture solutions that support and encourage creativity and collaboration. When selecting furniture, the range should be extensive enough to allow for the requirements of both faculty and students and be able to be modified to cater for each learning environment with consideration given to the surfaces it will be used on. Seating needs to be inspiring to users and teachers and work well within the built environment.
Based on the understanding that knowledge is gained through active participation, there’s a shift away from students being passive towards active learning, encouraging students to lead their own learning. Students are supported to demonstrate, analyse and apply concepts to real-life situations. As opposed to simply listening and memorising. Students become engaged citizens and problem solvers in an ever-evolving world.
This translates to learning environments that have a range of spaces that students can choose to learn in to suit their needs. Whether that’s a collaborative shared space, a quiet isolated space or physical movement.
Furniture needs to make provision for learning in different postures and at different heights. It needs to be modular to allow working in small or large groups and allow for the use of ever changing technology devices.
David Thornburg identifies three archetypal learning spaces in his research – the Watering Hole (home of dialogue), the Campfire (home of the lecture) and the Cave (home to cognitive construction of understanding).
THE WATERING HOLE
A place for sharing, collaboration and discovery.
The Watering Hole is a place for social learning, peer interaction and discussion. It is an informal space where students work together in small groups to explore ideas and complete tasks. Allowing time and offering a space where students can share and discuss their learning, strengthens knowledge and deepens understanding.
Where wisdom is shared and students are inspired.
A Campfire setting is where students gather to hear wisdom and receive instruction from teachers, guests and their peers. It is here where demonstration occurs, knowledge is shared, and students are guided in their learning.
A place for independent work and reflection.
The Cave is the home of metacognition and reflective learning and is where students work autonomously to make meaning of their learning, facilitated with outside resources. Caves often take the shape of silent study spaces where students can think and reflect in solitude, experience aha moments, and develop intrinsic beliefs.
Our Learning Furniture Solutions
The ProEd range is designed specially for learning environments. The range focuses on how learning happens within a space and how our furniture can enhance that process. Creating spaces that inspire and allow learners to reach their full potential.
The Konfurb range showcases many collaborative furniture pieces. A fuse of technology, unparalleled commitment to design, manufacturing detail and stunning good looks makes the great edition to learning spaces.
We have over 25 years industry experience providing specialised furniture solutions for leading interior and design companies. Check out some of our case studies to see our learning furniture in real-life environments.