Our learning space analysis finds out what is needed to create the very best learning environment for you. It gives a good basis for a supportive learning space and a starting point for sketching the interior design proposal. An important part of the analysis is also to involve, include and prepare everyone who will use the future spaces. In simple terms, it’s about understanding and analysing in order to improve.
An environment that supports the activities students and teachers engage in at school.
Better space-efficiency and use of all the school’s premises.
Sustainable and flexible interior design.
Spaces for spontaneous meetings and the opportunity to share knowledge outside the classroom, too.
Increased well-being among students and staff, who can move between ergonomically-correct environments.
First, we gather the management or project group for vision and inspiration. We hold a lecture about the learning spaces of the future, based on research
and experience, we make study visits and conduct a workshop to create consensus. Together, the group formulates values, vision and strategy. It is important for the management to have a clear idea of why they are carrying out the change.
In the next stage, staff and students are involved. New ideas and ways of thinking are tried out by means of concrete tools and workshops. For example,
the participants are given the chance to reflect on where they want to perform different types of activities and, with the help of blocks and a board, try furnishing different learning environments.
The mapping also includes a web survey in which the participants answer questions about their current learning environment and how they would like to
work in their future learning environment. How proud are you of your school? Do you feel secure? Are there spaces for concentration? Are there spaces for
collaboration? How does the classroom work?
All data gathered from the web survey and from our meetings, discussions and workshops is compiled in a report. Together with you, we go through the
report and its conclusions. We make recommendations about the physical environment and what is important to consider in the next stage, when a design is drawn up. The report provides a basis for creating the very best learning environment for you.
Now we build your new learning space. Paint, fabrics, light fittings, furniture – we load up our blue lorries and package as much as possible in our reusable blankets instead of disposable packaging. We take everything in, assemble it and put it where it belongs. That's the way it should be, of course, in a complete solution. Then it's ready. Now the learning can begin!
How have the new learning spaces supported your teaching? Has it worked out as you imagined? We discuss and evaluate these questions in a follow-up meeting. When we look back over the process together and look forward to all the new possibilities, both you and we have an opportunity to learn and to understand more about how we can make learning spaces even better in the future.
Why we created
Kinnarps Next Education®
The task of the school - to educate our young people for a future of constant change - is the most important one there is. When school succeeds in capitalising on the students’ curiosity and interest, the foundations are laid for endless opportunities.
Kinnarps Next Education is a philosophy and method concerned with making the most of all the opportunities there are for giving our young people the best possible skills for coping with what we can only guess at.
Today, we know that the physical environment is of great importance for learning. Good posture, lighting, acoustics and ventilation, and an environment that allows you to vary your workplace, make it easier to maintain a high level of concentration. The right furniture and equipment support learning in both formal and informal learning spaces. Good learning spaces, in a word, strengthen children’s development and make them better prepared for their future lives. Shouldn’t it be our obligation to give them such spaces, to the best of our ability?
So we’re doing what we can to contribute. On the basis of the available research, we are constantly working to find new designs, materials and concepts that create attractive, ergonomic, flexible spaces for learning. Then, together with schools and architects, we produce learning spaces that support students and teachers in their learning and development.
Together, we can create an environment where every student has the opportunity to bloom. So now we wonder whether you’d like to know just what your best learning space would look like?