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@impacteduk is a community for educators to discuss and debate the innovations and practices in education and evaluate them against research for impact on children’s learning. It is a community interested in evidence and rigour. This is not the place for anecdotes and opinions, unless they are to stimulate discussion. This is a community where people are respected, and ideas are evaluated critically.

High Quality Display

So, what do we actually know?

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2 comments on “High Quality Display

  1. theo kuechel (@theokk)
    July 16, 2012

    Like many of the topics posted on #impactedUK, In order to begin this discussion. I think it is necessary to ask some fundamental questions:

    1. How do we define quality?

    2. Related to the overarching question above – how are examples of children’s work selected for display, do all children participate, is there a rota? Do children have a participatory role in the selection process? These questions would also also apply in a a display of objects or other artefacts.

    3. Who are the audience? The class, other classes, the teacher, other teachers, children, other children, parents, visitors, OFSTED? Should we be using digital networks, such as blogs, Pinterest, Flickr, YouTube; to share these displays both locally and globally?

    4. How is the display used; e.g. exemplify ‘good’ work that meets set/teachers criteria, does it demonstrate children’s range of achievement and progress. Does it provide a ‘real,’ and meaningful audience for children?. (see 2 above).

    5. When will the display be seen, for how long? Does it encourage interaction by the audience?

    6. Are displays used to stimulate/focus discussion, raise awareness, illustrate a concept, foster empathy; or are they a teachers vanity project? (Confession – in my early classroom days – I have been guilty of that.)

    7. Sustainability; what happens to displayed items when a display is changed. Is it recorded, digitised, archived? How do children value the displays of their own and other’s work? Are they discoverable using the Internet?

    8. Finally, and perhaps anecdotally: I have visited hundreds of schools in the past 20 years and found that in Primary schools there is usually a very rich visual environment generated by displays, in Secondary – much less so – and displays tend to lean towards the illustrative ‘poster/infographic,’ chosen by teachers to amplify subject content. I recognise that this is a generalisation, and there will be many exceptions either way, but I feel this raises some valid points for discussion.

    I think any one of these questions, or their constituent clauses, offer opportunity for a constructive debate, and even though this post focuses on a ‘one topic’ it can frame a serious debate about our education system and learning.

  2. l4l1
    July 16, 2012

    Here is one resource where people can drill down for allied resources and links to academic research:

    http://classroomdisplays.org.uk/about-2/classroom-displays-blog-faq/

    But rather than just point to resources it might be good to put those up on the wiki or mindmap to flesh out with concrete instances of practice, practitioners’ blogs etc. In that way we can have an ongoing resource.

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