The 5 Key Learning Spaces: Beyond the Classroom

The next learning space to look at is beyond the classroom, what that looks like and what that means for us as teachers.

If we are incorporating the idea of lifelong learning we can then see that learning is occurring every day for each of us and not only in the classroom. As teachers we are in a position to change the way students view learning and can help them  to view the world outside the classroom as a learning space in which we all continually learn and grow (Lorenza, 2009).

There are positives and negatives to any learning area and some of which for learning beyond the classroom are:

  • Positives:
  • Learning content in context.
  • Learning in a real world setting and seeing real world problems take place.
  • Being introduced to different perspectives.
  • Learning about the world around them in relation to different cultures, history, geography , politics and seeing the way things work around them.
  • Finding their interests and exploring them.
  • Deciding where they feel connections in the world around them and how they fit into their family group, community and society as a whole.
  • Learning by being engaged in seeing and doing themselves.
  • Challenging themselves and problem solving.
  • Meeting new people which can enhance their confidence, communication skills and ability to work with others.
  • Negatives:
  • Prior negative world experiences.
  • Home life problems or instability.
  • Expenses involved in such experiences.
  • School/class budgets not allowing for excursions.
  • Placement of school – low SES area (Johnson, 2009).
  • References:
    • Johnson, J. (2009). Beyond four walls : experiential and situated learning. Teacher. (198). p18-20.
    • Lorenza, L. (2009). Beyond four walls : why go beyond the bounds of school?. Teacher. (198). p22-25.

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