‘Flexible learning’: an education fad, or a positive move for kids? | Stuff.co.nz
Recently we wrote about this very issue, and the problems that we had at our small school with the notion of open plan classrooms and flexible learning space.
It turns out that others are having the same concerns. Read below.
Read our article from two days ago here: Teachers Struggle with Modern Learning Environments…
As it turns out, it’s not just the teachers that struggle with them…
Original article: ‘Flexible learning’: an education fad, or a positive move for kids?
A rush by schools to embrace open-plan classrooms could harm children’s learning, and turn out to be a waste of money, a report to the Ministry of Education is warning.
The Post-Primary Teachers’ Association report, released last week, questioned whether enough had been done to understand how flexible learning environments (FLEs) affected students, particularly those with learning disabilities.
FLEs are open-plan classrooms that accommodate more than one class and several teachers, and can extend outdoors.
The ministry has agreed more research is needed, and is awaiting the results of a four-year investigation, in conjunction with Melbourne University, on students’ achievements in open-plan classrooms, due later this year.
“You’re setting them up to fail. The mainstream system can be tricky enough for kids with additional needs without adding in chaos.”
Children on the autism scale, or with attention issues, would also struggle, she said.
“When you have multiple groups within one space, and a whole load of kids moving within that space, those who are trying to focus just can’t. It’s not that they’re being naughty, they just can’t.”