Stephen Harris

Principal, Northern Beaches Christian School; Director, Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning, NSW

Factories No More: The Key Role Design and Furniture Has in Enabling Teachers to Change Pedagogy


Abstract: This keynote will focus on the interplay between design and pedagogy, recognizing that under normal daily pressures, teachers will not be freed to move away from their default reversion to factory-mode pedagogies, (no doubt linked back to their own school experience), to 21st century multimodal learning, if a building and its spaces do not both enable and force the transition. In a design process that looks at school design - the very word ‘school’ will conjure up entrenched perceptions from the experience of all involved. The session will look at the need to commence planning and design from an entirely different paradigm, if teachers are to be empowered to make the pedagogical transitions expected of them, so that 21st learners can experience a model that resembles nothing of the factory models of the past. www.scil.com.au