Plans to Pedagogy Activity Report Phase Two: What impact does ‘innovative’ furniture have on student engagement and teacher practices?
Edith Cowan University
School of Education
Phase Two of this project, conducted during the 2021 academic year, repeated an A-B-A withdrawal design to rotate (across terms 2, 3, and 4) the furniture in 4 primary school classrooms from innovative to traditional furniture arrangements.1 A fifth classroom with innovative furniture was used as a control. Three-weekly repeated measures were taken across the terms of: (1) characteristics impact students’ engagement, namely creative thinking, peer support and risk taking, (2) teachers’ observed actions in their classrooms, and (3) photographs by students of their preferred furniture item/s, with annotations explaining this preference. Once-a-term measures included (4) structured teacher interviews to unpack observation data, and pre-post measures included (5) a Teacher Mind Frame survey to explore teachers’ judgements of their impact.
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Spatial Learning @ Vasse: What impact does ‘innovative’ furniture have on student engagement and teacher practices?
Morris, J. E. & Imms, W. (2023). Plans to pedagogy activity report phase two: What impact does ‘innovative’ furniture have on student engagement and teacher practices? Edith Cowan University.