Tables, chairs, co-operation #activelearning

A table and four chairs arranged to represent co-operation

4 chairs supporting one table representing co-operation!

I have had a very fruitful day working with the Co-operative College in Manchester exploring our thinking about co-operative learning. I am proud to say that we produced this sculpture in response to a learning activity led by Cassie Earl who took us through a Boalian challenge. In fact, she gave three groups four chair and a table each and then stepped away with the challenge, “You’ve got 20 minutes to construct a representation of ‘power’.” I think we took 10 minutes – we were that good 😉

The groups came up with different responses, and we considered several ideas along the way before arriving at this construction of creating a level platform equally and interdependently supported by the chairs. Not profound. But we were pleased. Clearly, along the way we decided what kind of power we wanted to represent and the implications and meanings that different arrangements would have.

Colleagues who are aware of my interest in learning spaces and object-based learning will know why I enjoyed this!

About Andrew Middleton

NTF, PFHEA, committed to active learning, co-operative pedagogies, media-enhanced teaching and learning, authentic learning, postdigital learning spaces. Key publication: Middleton, A. (2018). Reimagining Spaces for Learning in Higher Education. Palgrave.
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1 Response to Tables, chairs, co-operation #activelearning

  1. beatrixace says:

    It makes me think on the fact that with ordinary materials we can always make something new and creative. And that the studio can be created anywhere

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