Reframing Space for Learning

Excellence and innovation in university teaching

Paperback / softback, 306 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
15 Jul 2019

Price: £25.99

The concept, use and experiences of 'space' in higher education have a deep influence on students and teachers. Reframing Space for Learning uniquely explores space as both a 'learning place' that may be physical, virtual, in work or in the field, and a 'belonging space' in which learners and teachers can engage and develop individually and collectively. Featuring the work of 40 experienced university teachers, most of whom are UK National Teaching Fellows, the book describes and analyses innovative ways of using place and space for learning in a range of disciplines in higher education. In so doing, it provides practical ideas, solutions and inspiration for practitioners responsible for delivering learning in spaces within and outside universities, nationally and internationally, for undergraduates, postgraduates, adult learners and staff.

National Teaching Fellowships, awarded by the UK's Higher Education Academy, celebrate and recognise individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the learning and teaching profession in higher education.

  • Tim Bilham

    Tim Bilham is an independent writer and higher education teaching consultant.

  • Claire Hamshire

    Claire Hamshire is Faculty Head of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Mary Hartog

    Mary Hartog is Director of Leadership and Organization Practice at Middlesex University Business School.

  • Martina A. Doolan

    Martina A. Doolan is a blended learning teacher and University Teaching Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire.

CONTENTS: Foreword, by Becky Huxley-Binns; Introduction: Reframing spaces for learning, by Tim Bilham; PART 1: PLACES OF LEARNING, SPACES FOR LEARNING: 1. Beyond the walls: Learning and the importance of place, by Tim Bilham; 2. Authentic learning through place-based education, by Derek France, Alice Mauchline, Brian Whalley, Martina A. Doolan and Tim Bilham; 3. Crossin’ the Bridge: Learning in community places, by Tess Maginess and Tim Bilham; 4. Moveable feasts: Unusual learning in unexpected spaces, by Alison James; 5. Creative learning spaces: Facilitating student-led learning, by Carrie Winstanley and Kirsten Hardie; 6. Making learning spaces: Working with architects and estates, by Ingrid Murphy, Gareth Thomson, Kevin Singh and Tim Bilham; PART 2: SPACES FOR THE SELF: 7. Borderland spaces: Moving towards self-authorship, by Jennifer Hill, Helen Walkington and Pauline Kneale; 8. Space for the self: Creating my academic identity, by Mary Hartog; 9. Creating space for the self: Thinking differently, by Celia Hunt; 10. Space for belonging: Induction and beyond, by Ruth Matheson and Mark Sutcliffe; 11. Spaces for performance: Becoming a professional, by Laura Ritchie and Ben Hall; 12. Recognizing the interior and relational spaces of workplace learning, by Ruth Helyer, Philip Frame and Mary Hartog; PART 3: SOCIAL AND COLLABORATIVE SPACES: 13. Live projects: Collaborative learning in and with authentic spaces, by Jane Anderson; 14. Collaborative and reflective spaces for developing professional practitioners, by Claire Hamshire, Deborah O’Connor and Kirsten Jack; 15. Reframing spaces for staff learning, by Joy Jarvis and Rebecca Thomas; 16. Towards a learning landscape: The potential for technologies to create social learning spaces, by Peter Klappa, Simon Lancaster, Helena Gillespie, Claire Hamshire and Tim Bilham; 17. Expanding the cross-cultural space: Providing international experiences in the digital global classroom, by Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas, Catherine McDermott and Rachel Forsyth; 18. Without walls: Using massive open online courses to extend collaborative learning spaces, by Momna Hejmadi and Tim Bilham; PART 4: INTEGRATING SPACES: 19. Thinking outside the box: Utilizing real-world space in teaching and learning, by Clive Holtham and Angela Dove; Postscript: Teaching excellence and the NTFS, by Sally Brown; Index

'This exciting collection offers an innovative and creative perspective on teaching and learning in higher education. All those who teach in universities - and their students - will benefit significantly from the many new insights it provides.'

Chris James, Professor of Educational Leadership and Management, University of Bath

'An important addition to the growing literature exploring interactions between the social and physical dimensions of learning in higher education. The authors are experienced teachers who have located their own practical experiences within conceptual ideas about space and learning, and the resulting case studies powerfully convey this integration of theory and practice.'

Paul Temple, Honorary Associate Professor, Centre for Higher Education Studies, UCL Institute of Education

'In a busy world, where control and even surveillance are not far away, the matter of learning space becomes critical if higher education is to fulfil its responsibilities. Reframing Space for Learning takes these considerations seriously, and opens windows into spacious forms of teaching. Through accessible chapters, the voices of students, diagrams, and photographs, multiple spaces are not just depicted, but are here created. This lively and optimistic text demonstrates that new kinds of education are possible in universities. On the evidence here, the university still harbours spaces, and of many kinds.'

Ronald Barnett, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education