Lecture 20 April 2017
University of Antwerp - City Campus, building C, room C003, 19:00
If we can change the way children feel about learning and the way children think about school, we can indirectly improve their learning abilities and development. Because people can only learn when they feel inspired and passionate about something. But changing human being’s way of behaving and thinking is almost impossible. But if you implement the change in the immediate physical environment, people will begin to think, feel and behave differently.
The physical environment influences how we think, feel and act. When we feel in a certain way, this directly impacts the way we think about something in that given moment, subsequently leading to a certain behaviour. And vice versa, if for example we think that a certain topic is interesting and exciting, this will make us feel inspired and curious about learning something new and activates our passion for learning about the topic.
Learning should be fun and inspiring and here the physical surroundings can play an important role in supporting children’s learning and development.
Workshop 21 april 2017
University of Antwerp - City Campus, building C, room C101, 9:00
Who says that children learn in the best way by sitting on a chair?
The workshop will focus on giving participants an appreciation of the untapped potential of the physical learning environment. Participants will be introduced to the design thinking process behind the design of a Rosan Bosch school and will equip them with the necessary toolbox to work with design of the physical learning environment as an active learning tool for learning development, with a specific focus on:
- The need for a paradigm shift in education from passive to active learning and how the physical learning environment can support and inspire this change.
- The concept of design as a tool for change and the physical learning environment as a ‘third teacher’.
- The role of space and how it can influence children’s curiosity and love of learning.
- The 6 design principles that guide the design of a Rosan Bosch school and the differentiated learning environment as a prerequisite for educating curious, creative and critical thinkers in a 21st century context.
- Why the design of the physical space can work against the pedagogical ideals and intentions in a school and the importance of the integration of the educational methodology, the organizational principles and the physical space.
- Implementing change into the physical learning environment, subject to financial limitations, scope and scale of a school.