Faculty Advisor

Leah Nillas

Graduation Year

2019

Location

Foyer, State Farm Hall, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

13-4-2019 11:00 AM

End Date

13-4-2019 12:00 PM

Description

Flexible seating, or otherwise known as alternative seating, refers to classroom set ups that integrate different seating options rather than traditionally arranged rows of desks. In a regular classroom, some students sitting in traditional desks are uncomfortable; learning can be a battle because of the strain on their bodies. Students who learn in a traditional seating arrangement might be less likely to be engaged or to be able to focus on lessons, not to mention other contributing factors, such as the effects on classroom behavior and their motivation to learn. The purpose of this self study was to see if flexible seating played a role in student learning. Participating in this study were 6th grade students who engaged in a classroom full of couches, chairs, and seat cushions. Their experiences in academic learning, behavior, and opinions were documented through field notes, student surveys, classroom photos, and a series of questionnaires. Results from the analysis of the collected data showed that students were able to focus, stay engaged, and participate more in a classroom that implemented flexible seating.

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Apr 13th, 11:00 AM Apr 13th, 12:00 PM

Flex on This! Flexible Seating in the Classroom

Foyer, State Farm Hall, Illinois Wesleyan University

Flexible seating, or otherwise known as alternative seating, refers to classroom set ups that integrate different seating options rather than traditionally arranged rows of desks. In a regular classroom, some students sitting in traditional desks are uncomfortable; learning can be a battle because of the strain on their bodies. Students who learn in a traditional seating arrangement might be less likely to be engaged or to be able to focus on lessons, not to mention other contributing factors, such as the effects on classroom behavior and their motivation to learn. The purpose of this self study was to see if flexible seating played a role in student learning. Participating in this study were 6th grade students who engaged in a classroom full of couches, chairs, and seat cushions. Their experiences in academic learning, behavior, and opinions were documented through field notes, student surveys, classroom photos, and a series of questionnaires. Results from the analysis of the collected data showed that students were able to focus, stay engaged, and participate more in a classroom that implemented flexible seating.