The Mayfield Project 2010

The Activities

Upon entry each delegate was identified as designer or educator. After reviewing the case studies, participants together in groups of 4 or more, with 2 designers and 2 educators in each. Each group was tasked with developing their own project, and asked to define the following:

  • Group Name
  • Curriculum Context
  • Pedagogical Approach
  • Design Intent

Below are the outcomes of the groups work during the afternoons acitivies.
Five groups chose to “make their own” multi purpose learning space …






and one group chose to address the issue of the “one size fits all” general purpose classroom.


Each group approached the session with enthusiasm and the results can be seen in the diveristy of designs and solutions. The discussion encouraged team members to ‘see’ beyond the four walls of the clasroom, and to consider those who use the space, the activities that take place within them, and the possible learning outcomes.

There was also an unexpected outcome beyond the innovative and challenging design of multi purpose spaces. The workshop activity itself, and the discussions and interaction between designers and educators that took place, seemed to be highly valued. As shown by the comments received below, this highlighted not only the future design outcomes, but also the possibilities of an inclusive and collaborative design process.

Comments Received:

“such an exciting activity, the future of the design process.”

“This is the kind of exercise teachers at all levels need to engage in”

“excellent interactive session. Everyone involved and contributing ideas and learning from each other. This would be a great professional development activity for teachers and designers.”

To those who partcipated, thank you for helping to create the buzz. We hope you had fun.

And for those reviewing this page, your comments and thoughts are most welcome.

the curriculum group.