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Exploring new learning and teaching spaces

Dr Catherine Lambert, Department of Sociology/Reinvention Centre

The Reinvention Centre at Westwood is an original and creative university classroom located on the Westwood campus at the University of Warwick. The room has been designed and refurbished by the Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research in order to provide a complex teaching space and in particular to facilitate research-based teaching. This article introduces the space, paying attention to the ways in which its design and usage enables forms of teaching and learning which are often inhibited in traditional classrooms. It is suggested that the critical discussion generated by the design, development, usage and evaluation of the room makes an important contribution to emergent intellectual and strategic debates concerning the role of physical space in shaping the social and pedagogic relations and experiences of students and teachers.

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