The physical placement of classroom technology and its influences on educational practices

Jo Tondeur, Ellen De Bruyne, Maarten Van den Driessche, Susan McKenney, David Zandvliet

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to gain deeper insights into how technology restructures the classroom as a spatial setting and how the positioning of these technologies can be associated with educational practices. The research includes a photographic and schematic representation of 115 classrooms in 12 primary schools in Belgium, resulting in a typology based on structural features of the classrooms. Based on the typology derived and the specific positioning of technology, nine teachers were purposefully selected and interviewed regarding their perceptions concerning the link between the use of technology and the classroom layout. The results indicate that (1) the positioning of technology can be related to specific types of technology use; (2) the classroom layout is in transition from one central display to multiple screens; and (3) because of physical access to technology, the educational practice of individual classes is spatially dispersed over different locations within the school.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)537-556
    Number of pages20
    JournalCambridge Journal of Education
    Volume45
    Issue number4
    Early online date10 Mar 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015

    Keywords

    • classroom
    • technology
    • classroom layout
    • ICT use
    • primary education
    • case study

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