Rooms as Amplifiers
Robert Emery Smith (Educause, 2010) sees learning spaces as Amplifiers of both good and bad teaching practice. If the teaching and learning practice is aligned with the room design it amplifies the effectiveness of that process. If they are not aligned or it is simply poor practice their effectiveness will be dip in performance. The simplest example of this is a group-based and learner centric approach being delivered in a formal lecture theatre. This idea of amplification will be used in this report to help frame the findings.
This amplification can also be applied to the effect on the wider social and cultural aspects surrounding the learning space (Horne-Martin 2004). For instance a room design might amplify a workshop that wishes to facilitate a cultural value such as ‘freedom of speech’. This value will need to be present in the culture and the space to amplify it. This phenomenon of amplification could then become reciprocal leading to a form of amplified feedback, heightening this value in the local culture.
Subject: Business and Law