Space, Curriculum and Learning

Edited by:
David Scott, Lincoln University - UK

A volume in the series: International Perspectives on Curriculum. Editor(s): David Scott, Lincoln University - UK.

Published 2006

In recent years there has been increasing interest in issues of space and spatiality in the social sciences and humanities generally, if less so in the study of education. This relative lack of interest is surprising given the importance of space and time in the organization of teaching, learning and research. For instance, the timetable and project timeline are central to the organization of learning and knowledge production whether in schools, colleges or universities. Classrooms, workshops and laboratories have different spatial layouts, which support certain forms of interaction and communication. When we add to this, the increasing distances across which knowledge, understanding and competence are being distributed through the use of information and communications technologies, the fact that issues of space have not been taken up seems more than an oversight. This relative lack of interest in space becomes even more surprising when one considers the extensive use of spatial metaphors in the discussion of education and pedagogy. For instance, the notions of open, distance and distributed learning and student-centredness, border crossing, and communities of practice all have a spatial dimension to them. Notions of a spiral curriculum act as a spatial imaginary. Indeed some metaphors, such as flexibility seem to be suggestive of the possibility that all constraints of space and time can be conquered in the provision of learning opportunities throughout life. This collection of chapters from researchers around the world attempts to address these issues, to examine the significance of space for curriculum, learning and identity.

Foreword. Putting Space Back on the Map of Learning, Richard Edwards and Robin Usher. Remembering Apartheid: Political Discourse in School Space, Jenni Karlsson. Territoriality, Inter-disciplinarity and School Space, Carrie Paechter. Spatiality and Teacher Workplace Cultures: The Department as Nexus, Jane McGregor. Learning, Participation and Identification Through School Grounds Development, Greg Mannion. The Hidden Geometry of Curriculum, Brent Davis and Dennis Sumara. Undergraduate Curricula as Networks and Trajectories, Jan Nespor. Journeys Out of Place: Nursing Students and Spatiality, Peter Gray. A Geography of Power, Identity, and Difference in Adult Education Curriculum Practice, Arthur L. Wilson and Ronald M. Cervero. Picturing Places in the Assemblage of Flexibility in Further Education, Julia Clarke. Diminishing Spaces for Learning: The Supervision of Research Degree Students in Australian Universities, Pam Green. Virtual Research Practices and Phenomenologies of the Internet, Robyn Barnacle. Geographies of Resistance in Critical Pedagogic Practices, Michael Peters. Abstracted Space: The World, The Net and The Contemporary University, Robin Usher.