Shelton Mayes, A. and Stoncel, D. (2008) Students’ views on HE learning environments for professional teacher education. Paper presented to: All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) International Conference Series, AISHE-C 2008: Encouraging Student Engagement, NUI Maynooth, Republic of Ireland, 28-29 August 2008.
There is a national debate about the connection between the physical environment and learning (McGregor, 2004) and the importance of designing the physical space to enhance the quality of learning (DfES, 2004, 2006, 2007; JISC, 2006; SMG 2006). This 2 year research project considers the views of 174 higher education students, who have undertaken professional initial teacher education programmes, on what makes an effective higher education learning environment for professional development and their evaluation of their current experience. Students views on enhancing the physical learning space for professional teacher education is explored