79% of students indicate they would like to rearrange the furniture – to suit individual needs and group discussions: Godrej Interio study
According to the study, 93% teachers surveyed feel that technology is beneficial in classrooms.
Further, students spend nearly 6–8 hours of their day sitting, hence furniture should accommodate their need to move.
Mumbai, 24th May 2022: Godrej & Boyce, the flagship company of the Godrej Group, announced today that its business Godrej Interio, India’s leading furniture solutions brand in home and office spaces, launched a trend report “Design Blueprint for 21st Century Learning Spaces”.
Education in India at the cusp of a revolution as it transforms from an instructional mode to an experiential mode. The Government of India’s revamped National Education Policy (2020) aims at promoting multidisciplinary and technology-led education. Godrej Interio’s latest trend report by their Workplace and Ergonomics Research Cell revealed trends that will shape the future of learning and are in alignment with the government’s policy.
According to the trend report, 21st-century learning spaces should accommodate the unique needs of each student. Further, they must support the positive human relationships needed for effective learning, both formally and informally. The report further says these spaces are student-centred and tech-enabled which must enable individual and group learning, encourage innovation and foster a sense of healthy community.
The report highlights the 5 broad aspects that comprise 21st Century Learning Spaces – Adaptable, Inviting, Smart, Comfortable and Safe.
Adaptable spaces support multiple learning modes in the same space and facilitates ‘Me & We’ Work. According to the report,
79 percent of the students indicate they would like to rearrange the furniture to suit individual needs and group discussions. In addition to this, 94 percent of teachers who can change their layout agree they can teach effectively, compared to 40.5 percent who can teach effectively but can’t change their layout. Therefore, the learning environment must be adaptable, allowing for easy transitions between lecture mode, group presentation, and discussions.
Inviting spaces encourage creativity by transforming a ‘boring, restrictive, or intimidating’ space to one that is ‘inviting, relaxing and invigorating. Therefore, underutilised spaces like wide corridors must be re-designed to create semi-open