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Making sense of school learning environments as infrastructures of care and spatial typologies


Stratford, E and Stewart, S and te Riele, K and Watson, P, Making sense of school learning environments as infrastructures of care and spatial typologies, Australian Geographer, 52, (1) pp. 43-63. ISSN 0004-9182 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00049182.2020.1846260


The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership was established in 2010 to support teaching quality and leadership in schools and initial teacher education programs. Early on it produced seven Australian Professional Standards for Teachers affecting professional knowledge, professional practice, and professional engagement. Standard 4 is part of professional practice and requires teachers to create and maintain supportive and safe school learning environments. We propose that Standard 4 has implications geographers have yet to fully consider, and here our aim is to surface and examine its latent spatialities. We conceive of supportive and safe learning environments as crucial infrastructures of care that can be made more legible using established spatial typologies. To support this proposition, we draw on empirical evidence from a study of literacy teaching practice in Tasmanian government schools and of initial teacher education programs. Here, we focus on how participants described the importance of school learning environments for students' educational attainment and social and emotional wellbeing. We conclude that spatial lenses are important in thinking about these environments and could effectively support teachers to demonstrate career-long and increasingly sophisticated capacities to perceive, use, create, and help others make the most of such spaces for diverse learning outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:education, infrastructures of care, school learning environments, spatial typologies, Tasmania, Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Cultural geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
UTAS Author:Stewart, S (Dr Sarah Stewart)
UTAS Author:te Riele, K (Professor Kitty te Riele)
UTAS Author:Watson, P (Dr Phillipa Watson)
ID Code:143120
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:College Office - CoSE
Deposited On:2021-02-28
Last Modified:2021-10-06

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