The School of Education: Building 501
In 2014 the Building 501 underwent a $20 million refurbishment. Building 501 exemplifies Curtin’s commitment to breathing new life into existing buildings as a way to enhance and bring life to the campus’ Academic Precinct.
School Allocated Teaching Spaces
In an effort to align the experience our Education graduates have at University with industry expectation and standards the cluster of rooms within building 501 (rooms 203, 204, 205 and 206) were designed to replicate a real school/industry environment. The design of these flexible spaces facilitates connection where concertina doors can be opened and closed to enable group teaching and co-facilitation.
The Arts/Literacy room has a basic presentation monitor and is furnished with a reading chair to emulate ‘mat time’ in an early learning centre. It has ottomans and an upright and grand piano. Storage is provided below the monitor to store resources. Concertina doors open up on to the piazza.
The maths room is a generic teaching space that has dedicated storage to mathematics education resources. This room accommodates 30 students at 900h work benches. This allows students to undertake activities whilst standing or whilst seated on a drafting stool.
The workbenches are on castors (for flexibility) and have a shelf underneath for students to store their bags. The Maths and Art/Science room shares concertina doors so the spaces can be timetabled as one large class or two smaller classes of discrete disciplines. This room has presentation AV functionality, and is designed to have the ability to display any content via wired or wireless technology. iLectures and software based capture/conferencing functionality is also provided. The room also has Smart board and traditional whiteboard. Floors are polished concrete.
As science and art education both engage in ‘messy learning’ experiences and as such share a number of the same required physical features (e.g. Hard floor, wet space, flexibility, access to computers in class) therefore these functions are co‐located. This room accommodates 42 students at 900h work benches. This allows students to undertake art/science activities whilst standing or seated on a drafting stool. 6 PCs are provided around the perimeter of the room away from the wet areas.
The room also includes two domestic size sinks with large drying boards. The wall above the perimeter bench is pin‐able and lockable storage is provided below bench. Floors are polished concrete.
This room has presentation AV functionality and is designed to have the ability to display any content via wired or wireless technology. iLectures and software based capture/conferencing functionality is also provided. Room also has Smart board and traditional whiteboard.
The Art/Science room also has a wide lens camera above the lectern to capture and display tactile experiments and complex processes involved in art/science. The Maths and Art/Science room shares concertina doors so the spaces can be timetabled as one large class or two smaller classes of discrete disciplines.
The ‘Piazza’ is a central, communal, interdisciplinary breakout space that three of the School of Education’s teaching spaces open onto. This is based on the Reggio Emilia concept of the environment as the third teacher. This room contains two sinks with large drying boards, large central communal tables that are highly flexible and have storage for resources underneath them. Lines on the concertina doors surrounding the space are for students to practise writing on.
Reflective Practice Rooms
The reflective practice and observation rooms are integral to the School of Education’s programs. These reflective practice and observation rooms allow students the opportunity to practice teaching and School based scenarios before they go out to a School/Early Childhood Centre.
These rooms exemplify the coaching and partnership philosophy that has been implemented into the School of Education’s practicum with great success.
Outdoor Teaching Spaces
Three decked areas have been provided in the landscape surrounding Buidling 501 to serve as informal learning spaces but also to be timetabled as formal learning spaces when appropriate. These decks have designated ‘bench’ areas for seating and informal casual furniture such as café style chairs and bean bags. Wireless coverage is provided on these decks and power outlets are also supplied to facilitate learning activities.