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Title: Shifts to Learning Eco-Systems: Principals' and Teachers' Perceptions of Innovative Learning Environments
Contributor(s): Smardon, Dianne (author); Charteris, Jennifer  (author)orcid ; Nelson, Emily (author)
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Innovative Learning Environments (ILEs) with their origins in OECD literature, propose to revolutionise education as we know it. ILEs draw on a large body of literature: constructivist learning theory; distributed leadership; personalised 21st century learning; blended learning (digital); and, future-focused education. Despite an increasing body of research in the area, there appears to be confusion around the concept of ILEs in Aotearoa/New Zealand schools. This article reports on survey research with 126 questionnaire respondents. These principals and teachers, drawn from a random sample of New Zealand schools, commented on the implications of ILEs for teaching and learning in their contexts. This article explores the theoretical and philosophical resources that educators bring to this concept and its implications for their practice. Five themes regarding ILEs emerged from the responses: lack of clarity; we do it already, the significance of material spaces; pedagogical implications; and, the politics around ILEs. The authors ask whether ILEs are just another neoliberal shift in education or an opportunity to respond innovatively to the fundamentals of schooling.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 12(2), p. 149-171
Publisher: Massey University
Place of Publication: New Zealand
ISSN: 1176-6662
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130106 Secondary Education
130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390306 Secondary education
390304 Primary education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 9304 School/Institution
930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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