Proposal Title

Rearranging the Furniture: The Impact of Classroom Management in a University Course

Proposal Abstract

This presentation will describe preliminary results from a study investigating the impact of rearranging the furniture (and other classroom management decisions) in a classroom management course. The praxeological study describes the impact of intentional implementation of classroom management strategies on educational outcomes. Features such as engagement in class activities; quality of course work; and use of strategies in field placement will be measured using tools such as observation, reflections, anecdotal reports, checklists.

Matching the furniture arrangement to the learning activity is a best practice for teaching at all levels. In university classrooms furniture arrangement often does not adhere to proposed recommendations. During the session participants will explore preliminary data from the study and discuss the implications of that data for the management of their own university classrooms - and possibly rearrange the furniture. One purpose of the presentation is to provide data on which to base decisions of classroom management at the university level. An additional purpose is to explore the praxeological method as powerful tool to study other aspects of teaching and learning. Participants will explore how the emergent praxeological research method was used in the study and discuss other applications of the research method to the field.

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Room 2005

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 28th, 9:00 AM Mar 28th, 9:45 AM

Rearranging the Furniture: The Impact of Classroom Management in a University Course

Room 2005

This presentation will describe preliminary results from a study investigating the impact of rearranging the furniture (and other classroom management decisions) in a classroom management course. The praxeological study describes the impact of intentional implementation of classroom management strategies on educational outcomes. Features such as engagement in class activities; quality of course work; and use of strategies in field placement will be measured using tools such as observation, reflections, anecdotal reports, checklists.

Matching the furniture arrangement to the learning activity is a best practice for teaching at all levels. In university classrooms furniture arrangement often does not adhere to proposed recommendations. During the session participants will explore preliminary data from the study and discuss the implications of that data for the management of their own university classrooms - and possibly rearrange the furniture. One purpose of the presentation is to provide data on which to base decisions of classroom management at the university level. An additional purpose is to explore the praxeological method as powerful tool to study other aspects of teaching and learning. Participants will explore how the emergent praxeological research method was used in the study and discuss other applications of the research method to the field.