The Changing Vocabulary of Education and its Spaces [...]

There is often power and purpose in the words that we use to describe the world we inhabit. One as area of importance is the description of classrooms and learning spaces:

To call a space a ‘learning space’ is not just aspirational, it is a descriptive and ontological claim – hard to evidence, hard to know who is learning what, in what ways. A ‘teaching space’ is also descriptive (and more dull, less engaging, old-fashioned perhaps) but it is more modest, more honest, more accurate and more verifiable. It is also narrower: if everywhere is in some way a learning space, then calling a particualar space a ‘learning space’ adds nothing.

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