Place and Learning

ED/EDST 1200 3.00

Physical spaces invite certain types of engagements with the world while precluding others. This course explores the role of physical spaces in learning with specific
reference to emotion, curiosity and relationality. Drawing on scholarship from a range of disciplines including geography, architecture, design, environmental studies and education, the course: a) reviews the history of thinking about the design of "instructional space" in schools, museums, galleries and other spaces intended to support learning; investigate the learning potential of other spaces, natural (wilderness, desert, etc.) and human-made (malls, streetcorners, etc.); b) considers the conditions that inhibit and inspire learning; and c) explores the implications for individual learning, public education, and civic engagement.