The New Classroom: Studying In Comfort
Original Air Date:
Monday, June 18, 2012
An Edmonton elementary school is trying something new in the classroom - trading the tradition of desks for the comfort of couches and beanbag chairs.
The more relaxed atmosphere came at the request of students and educators say it leads to a more cooperative environment. Others, though, worry about the transition to higher levels of learning.
How important is the layout of a classroom? Should children be involved in making decisions about their education? What are the risks of such a fundamental change?
Joining us for this discussion is Phebe Switzer, the Principal at St. Timothy Catholic Elementary School, the Edmonton school that has switched to this non-traditional layout; and Dr. Kathryn Smith, Director of the Child Study Centre at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Education.
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