Aspects of time and space in open classroom education
In: Bergstedt, Bosse; Herbert, Anna; Kraus, Anja; Wulf, Christoph (Hrsg.): Tacit dimensions of pedagogy
European studies on educational practices, 1
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In this paper we focus on the effects of implicit temporal and spatial dimensions in open classroom interaction of students. More precisely, we look at temporal aspects of interaction that evolve out of cooperative interaction and how dynamics of handling time by learning partners lead to privileged positions and power within a process that shall ultimately be cooperative. Assuming that those temporal practices are qualified by and bound to spatial and material dimensions, a central question is how the specific temporal and spatial configurations in open classroom learning contribute to increasing differences between students. Particular temporal and spatial structures are both experienced by students and generated by their interactional practices in open classroom education (Löw 2001, Berdelmann 2010). With respect to the classroom, open instruction and individualization seem to demand different and more flexible spatial arrangements (Reh/Kolbe 2009). With respect to temporal issues, an increase of flexibility and individual structuring is thought to be more adapted to the "subjective" time of learners (Drews 2008, Danner 2008) than the subjection to external time regimes (Geißler 1997). However, by analyzing video sequences, we identify forms of interaction that we assume to be implicit effects of the interplay between spatial and temporal elements and which can reverse the intended benefits of flexible time and space structures that are associated with open classroom settings.
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