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By David Hutchison, David W. Orr

This e-book considers the philosophy of position in schooling and lifestyle, the background of and present developments in class layout, the college infrastructure predicament, and the connection among the philosophy of schooling and lecture room layout. Hutchison argues that pressures on colleges linked to declining budgets, competing ideologies, and economic/technological shifts have the capability to noticeably adjust the panorama of the K-12 university adventure. He discusses concepts for mediating those pressures and strengthening a feeling of position in schooling.

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I argue that it is the arrangement of the students’ desks. Are they arranged into rows or grouped together in clusters of four or five? Do they leave room for a carpeted area or other open meeting space? We deduce a lot from the arrangement of the desks. 2. Our first glimpse of a classroom provides us with important visual clues regarding the educational philosophy of the teacher and the teaching methodologies in use. The Meaning of Place in Education 25 of individual students relative to their seating positions.

The Meaning of Place in Education 25 of individual students relative to their seating positions. Our glimpse of the layout of a classroom provides us with important visual clues about what life may be like in that class. In reflecting on our observations, we make provisional judgments about the goings-on in the classroom from the standpoint of our own philosophical leanings. When made overt, an educational philosophy comprises a set of explicit beliefs about the nature of the educational process.

There is a general recognition, despite competing agendas The Meaning of Place in Education 17 for reform, that schools should formally inculcate each new generation into the norms and values of society. As formal, (mostly) publicly funded institutions, K–12 schools perhaps remain the last bastion of mandated community involvement in child socialization. As parents and citizens, we count on this bastion to mediate, counter, and offset the unchecked influence of other less formal institutions, such as the peer group, media, and popular culture, by providing a corrective or compensatory measure to our children’s education.

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