BELONGING AND CULTURE TRANSMITTED BY PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT was one of the central ideas in the thought-provoking key note provided by Chief Executive of SACE Professor Martin Westwell at the recent SA Learning Environments Australasia: Day out of the box.
Professor Westwell talked about the shift from:
- teaching to learning to development
- actions to principles to identity
- tactics to strategy to culture
all of which contribute to a sense of belonging. Professor Westwell shared research around these areas and the importance of the match between the learning environment and student identity, to belonging, which of course is connected to engagement.
Associate Professor Wesley Imms: Melbourne Graduate School of Education, gave us an update on the research occurring as part of the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change project http://www.iletc.com.au/publications/.
Other workshop presenters and panel members included: Graham Clark Principal of Christies Beach High School, Anna Hodge Rising Star Pictures and Dr Lisa Bailey UniSA Museum of Discovery.
I found Graham Clark’s presentation most inspiring as he shared the importance of listening to students and teachers when developing effective learning environments and for the importance of pedagogy to provoke the need for change. He also provided evidence of improvement in student learning as a result of the changing environments where students have a greater sense of belonging.
Should you want to know more about any of these presentations or to explore these ideas further, do not hesitate to contact Andrew Bradtke, Rod Wearn or myself.
Educational Leadership Director