Tim Brannan's Education Blog

Thoughts from an online educator and Ph.D. candidate.

Educational Spaces

I was thinking a lot about educational spaces last night.

Indeed, I will go as far as to say I spend a lot of time thinking about it in general.

I have the opportunity to go to a lot of Universities and see what it is they do, and more to the point where they do it.  A lot of learning is maybe not defined, but certainly associated with the place in which the learning is done.   So I compare classrooms.

The other day I was at a major Chicago university, I am not going to say which one, and the building I was in is just run down.  The facilities are falling apart and the place was just a mess really.  Granted I was there at the end of the day, but still.  This is where people are learning and this is the environment they are learning in.

I thought back to my undergrad and grad career at SIU, one of the nicest campuses I know of.  The buildings were not new by any stretch and we used to poke fun at the lack of technology our grad office had.  But it was still an inviting place to learn.  Some of the campus I visit for work are also very inviting.  SXU on the south side of Chicago isn’t rolling in the money and their buildings are old, but yet the campus has a warmth about it that also makes it inviting.  As an educator and educational researcher I wonder how this effects the learning of those students in these situations.

I think about my kids’ classrooms.  Very inviting.  When I recall the elementary school I grew up in all I can recall was how cold it always was in the classrooms, but how much fun we had outside.  Memories.  It was always winter inside and summer outside.

I wish this campus I was at the other day looked better.  I recall what it had looked like 10+ years ago and it was nicer then, but it is like no one has really done anything to keep it up.

I hope that it is not adversely effecting or even affecting the students.

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September 27, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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