This research study explored the impact of space and classroom environments on student engagement and learning. The traditional classroom design is determined mostly by the personality of the teacher, or the theme that they choose to integrate. Traditionally, tables and desks are placed in groups or rows, based on teacher preference, and students are confined to small 2 feet by 3 feet spaces. While teachers thus make their classrooms private to themselves and seldom involve students in crucial decisions about their layout, schools are inherently public places. In this thesis, targeted at elementary school teachers, the teacher/researcher considers the benefits of alternating the learning environment and involving the students in redesigning their classroom space. This research is a reflection based on the implementation of such a change in a fifth-grade classroom.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Art
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Loveland, Amandine Annie, "Out With The Old: Reinventing Space in the Classroom" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 6762.
elementary education, physical layout, learning environment