The Ministry conducted no research on the effects of these ‘Modern learning Environments’ on students’ learning prior to compelling schools to adopt them. Neither did they conduct any evaluation of their effects after they were established.
disciplinary subjects at secondary level.
The strategy under which Modern learning Environments were promulgated has now expired. However, open plan classrooms are still being built, and many of the country’s classrooms have already been converted. Schools are therefore left with a permanent legacy of a policy based on ideology rather than evidence.
Future education policy must avoid the mistakes of the Modern Learning Environment experiment. In the future, educational initiatives should not be implemented without evidence that they will be effective and plans to evaluate their implementation and effects.
Dr Michael Johnston has held academic positions at Victoria University of Wellington for the past ten years. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Melbourne. This article was originally published HERE