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Co-designing learning spaces with learners: Lessons from a Welsh primary school classroom

Authors: Robyn McQueen orcid logo (University of South Wales) , Mathew Pullen , Sammy Chapman (Cardiff Metropolitan University) , Scott Hann (The Federation of Blenheim Road Community & Coed Eva Primary Schools) , Gary Beauchamp orcid logo (Cardiff Metropolitan University) , Tom Crick orcid logo (Swansea University) , Owen Davies (Bangor University) , Carl Hughes (Bangor University) , Caroline Lewis (University of Wales Trinity St David) , Kaydee Leanne Owen orcid logo (Bangor University)

  • Co-designing learning spaces with learners: Lessons from a Welsh primary school classroom

    Focus on Practice (English)

    Co-designing learning spaces with learners: Lessons from a Welsh primary school classroom

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Abstract

This research presents a case study of one class’s reflections on how they redesigned their classroom to suit the diverse needs of the teacher and learners, and how learners continue to adapt their learning space to better suit their individual needs. The findings of this paper illuminate how learners value agency and choice in their classrooms, something which can be achieved by offering them various work surfaces and spaces to complete learning activities.

Learners suggested that flexible learning environments enabled them to choose where and how to complete their work, but also enabled them to position themselves in social environments that suit their learning needs. This work provides further context and insight into the implementation of the new Curriculum for Wales from September 2022 onwards, as well as the wider education system-level reforms currently taking place in Wales.

Keywords: learning spaces, Wales, co-design, primary school, flexible learning environments

How to Cite:

McQueen, R., Pullen, M., Chapman, S., Hann, S., Beauchamp, G., Crick, T., Davies, O., Hughes, C., Lewis, C. & Owen, K. L., (2024) “Co-designing learning spaces with learners: Lessons from a Welsh primary school classroom”, Focus on Practice (Wales Journal of Education), doi: https://doi.org/10.16922/wje.p4

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