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ⓘ Category:Educational environment




                                               

Affinity space

An affinity space is a place where learning happens. According to James Paul Gee, affinity spaces are locations where groups of people are drawn together because of a shared, strong interest or engagement in a common activity. Often but not always occurring online, affinity spaces encourage the sharing of knowledge or participation in a specific area, and informal learning is a common outcome. In his coining of the term, Gee takes the notion of participatory cultures and reframes it to the idea of "space". To Gee, what is happening in these online cultures is not merely a "culture" – and f ...

                                               

Circle time

Circle time, also called group time, refers to any time that a group of people are sitting together for an activity involving everyone. The method is now in widespread use in schools across the UK and the USA. In Scotland many primary schools use the method regularly and it is starting to be introduced into secondary schools. It is a special time to share fingerplays, chants and rhymes, songs, play rhythm instruments, read a story, and participate in movement games and relaxation activities. Circle time provides a time for listening, developing attention span, promoting oral communication, ...

                                               

Drug-free school zone

United States Federal law and many state and local laws increase penalties for illegal drug-related activities in Drug-free school zones. The penalties vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in terms of whether they stand alone as separate offenses or serve as a sentencing enhancement and in terms of the defenses available. The United States Congress has supplemented the core offenses under the Controlled Substances Act 21 U.S.C. 841 with several additional offenses carrying increased maximum penalties, when the crimes are committed under certain specified circumstances. For example sectio ...

                                               

Inclusion (education)

Inclusion in education refers to a model wherein students with special needs spend most or all of their time with non-special needs students. It arise in the context of special education with an individualized education program or 504 plan, and is built on the notion that it is more effective for students with special needs to have said mixed experience for them to be more successful in social interactions leading to further success in life. Inclusion rejects but still provides the use of special schools or classrooms to separate students with disabilities from students without disabilitie ...

                                               

Individual Learning Plan

Individual Learning Plan or ILP is a user specific program or strategy of education or learning that takes into consideration the students strengths and weaknesses. While normal classroom or distance education is based on the premise that all should get equal attention, be exposed to same curriculum and evaluated on the same pattern, ILP presumes that the needs of individual students are different, and thus, must be differently addressed. Emphasis on the students role in the learning experience has been shown in research to be crucial to a productive learning experience. The Individual Lea ...

                                               

Literate environment

A literate environment may include written materials, electronic and broadcast media and information and communications technology, which encourage literacy acquisition, a reading culture, improved literacy retention and access to information. Literate environments can be found in both public and private spheres, including home, school, workplace, local community and the nation as a whole. Developing rich literate environments therefore includes language policies, book publishing, media, and access to information and reading materials. A rich literate environment is essential for encouragi ...

                                               

Mixed-sex education

Mixed-sex education, also known as mixed-gender education, co-education or coeducation, is a system of education where males and females are educated together. Whereas single-sex education was more common up to the 19th century, mixed-sex education has since become standard in many cultures, particularly in Western countries. Single-sex education, however, remains prevalent in many Muslim countries. The relative merits of both systems have been the subject of debate. The worlds oldest co-educational school is thought to be Archbishop Tenisons Church of England High School, Croydon, establi ...

                                               

Open classroom

An open classroom is a student-centered learning space design format which first became popular in North America in the late 1960s and 1970s, with a re-emergence in the early 21st century.