In keeping with the project’s three RHD studies, three research streams will run concurrently:
Stream 1 – Refinement of the Learning Environments Analysis Tool (LEAT):
The first strategy (study 1) will be the refinement of the Learning Environments Analysis Tool (LEAT); a device intended to support the development of a school’s desired pedagogies and ongoing educative evaluation of educational spaces. The outcome will be an evidence-based ‘package’ of strategies for learning environment evaluation, from which activities can be chosen that suit the wide range of schools requiring this support. This research will be conducted by Ms Ana Sala-Oviedo for her PhD study.
Stream 2 – Design and trial of a longitudinal survey:
The second strategy (study 2) will be the design and trial of a longitudinal survey which will provide schools with a tool for qualitative and quantitative analysis of learning environments – in particular, their impact on ICT use, teacher pedagogy, student engagement, and student learning outcomes. The outcome of this strategy will be a validated evaluative tool (the survey); a device suitable for schools to assess what works best in their situation, according to their needs. In addition, the longitudinal aspect of this strategy will deliver valuable data on learning environments well beyond the life of the E21LE project. This research will be conducted by Mr Terry Byers, as a component of his PhD study.
Steam 3 – Identification of critical factors necessary to evaluate learning environments via expert elicitation:
The third strategy (study 3) will be the identification of critical factors necessary to evaluate learning environments during their planning, ‘inhabitation’ and ongoing educative use via an expert elicitation approach. This strategy will result in a consensus amongst world experts on the factors that inform comprehensive evaluation of learning environments. This research will be conducted by Mr Graeme Oliver, as a component of his DEd study. The outcomes of the project will be drawn from these studies by the project’s Chief Investigators and Research Manager. It is expected that these outcomes will be produced and disseminated throughout the course of the project.