What Is Class Spaces?

During 2015, Joseph Romano will be taking on an exploratory journey focused on uncovering, highlighting and sharing the formal and informal spaces in which we teach and learn, our Class Spaces. From the K-12 space, through to Higher Education environments, the Class Spaces ethnographic study is a developing creature and will focus on uncovering how Educators and Learners interact within common/uncommon places, focused on achieving common/uncommon goals. These spaces will be showcased on this webpage.

What Will Be Studied/Analyzed?

Interactions, structures, dynamics and process will be studied throughout all Class Spaces seen. Yes – a very general scope, this vision will allow for much to be uncovered in looking at the variety of environments Educators and Learners are interacting within and throughout.

Through this analysis, attention will be paid towards to the process of documenting (through text, images and video) the dynamics seen in the spaces encountered. No judgement will be placed on the spaces seen, but rather, the focus will be on an organic discovery of each and the associated learning that ensues.

More specifically, the Class Space study will analyze:

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Creation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Student-To-Educator Interaction(s)
  • Peer-To-Peer Interaction(s)
  • Class Space-To-School Interaction(s)
  • Class Space-To-Community Interaction(s)
  • Student Stake, Voice and Choice
  • Multimodal Engagement(s) and Structure(s)
  • Digital/Contemporary VS Analog/Conventional
  • This Is A Work In Progress

What Is Purpose/Hypothesis

As this study plays out, it is imagined/hypothesized that the following elements will emerge, in some capacity, through the Class Spaces uncovered:

  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Technology
  • Workflow
  • Public VS Privates Spaces
  • Common VS Uncommon Spaces
  • Conventional VS Contemporary Spaces
  • Pedagogical Practice(s)
  • Learning Style(s)
  • This Is A Work In Progress

What Are The Next Steps?

Over the course of time, the Class Spaces study will build itself through experiences. With interactions not prescribed, momentum may be fast, it may be slow, but the goal in discovering what our Class Spaces look, sound and feel like will be of the utmost importance. More information will be shared if you would like to have your Class Space featured in the coming week(s). Revisit this page for movement on this study in the near future, and follow the journey using the Social Media Hashtag #ClassSpaces.

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