Modes of learning have moved beyond the traditional classroom, as have students: the modern student is agile and interested in and most motivated by collaborative work with their peers. These are facts that Anglican Church Grammar (affectionately known as “Churchie”) in Queensland recognised – and it’s a reality that informed the design for their new Centenary Library.
Getting to this point took the independent boys’ boarding and day school five years and four studies, undertaken as part of a New Generation Learning Spaces Project, in partnership with the University of Melbourne’s Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) and the Australian Research Council Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments (E21LE).
The study considered the impact of different physical environments on teaching and learning, looking at how these environments, when considered in isolation, affected the behaviour and activities of students and their teachers.
Their findings? Among other things, that new generation learning spaces (NGLS) accounted for improvements in academic achievement of 15% for students transitioning into these environments. The quality of teaching, and the way teachers responded to their environments, also affected student results.