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"If You Build It, They [Don't Always] Come": Investigating K–12 Tech-Infused Flexible Learning Spaces

Fri, April 28, 4:05 to 5:35pm, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom Level, Hemisfair Ballroom 1

Abstract

This study investigates newly designed learning spaces within three schools: one elementary, one middle, and one high school. Guided by script theory, this qualitative case study describes (1) the ways in which these spaces are being used for teaching and learning, (2) how technology tools are being used by teachers/students, and (3) the impact these spaces had on teachers’ pedagogical practices. “Underutilized potential” was evident across the three schools, most notably at the middle school. Oftentimes, spaces were empty or being used as a “pull out” space for students with special needs. While the access to technology was robust, the actual use of technologies was limited. There is little evidence of shifts to teachers’ traditional pedagogical practices.

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