Tuesday, 13 August 2013

What sort of posture generates ideas and energy?

One of the books that I am flicking through whilst thinking about space, furniture, the built environment and such things is Make Space: How to set the stage for creative collaboration which is a publication from the d.school - the design faculty at Stanford University.
Make Space : The Book

One of the snapshot articles recounts a project in which the class explored the relationship between a working environment and a team's collaborative dynamic. The team observed a correlation between students' posture and their willingness to generate ideas. For example, students seated on a couch tended to sit back and criticise other ideas rather than creating their own.

The team created a range of prototypes in which teams would work: the War Room - straightbacked chairs around a table; the Lounge - comfortable and soft couches; the Dance Floor - a bare space with clear boundaries and no seating options; and the Sandbox - a wooden box on the floor with a padded interior for seating.

Ideas and energy were highest on the Dance Floor, where lively interplay between students and dynamic movement were noteworthy. Posture demonstrably had a profound effect on student behaviour.

So, the question is, why do we require students in school to spend so much time sitting in static positions in classrooms ....?

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