Innovative Learning Environments Research


Australian Research Council


Australia & New Zealand

Completion date


The University of Melbourne has been successful in its application for funding from the Federal Government for research into Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change. Marshall Day Acoustics is proud to be part of the research team, which also includes Ecophon and Hayball architects.

Project Objectives

The project will collect evidence of the link between quality teaching and the effective use of innovative learning environments and then produce a strategy to examine how teachers use them most effectively. It will develop a mechanism for implementing this strategy across as wide a range of educational sites as possible in Australia and New Zealand. It will create evidence to verify this impact and guide future teaching approaches, infrastructure and design of facilities.

The new understanding gained through the project is expected to guide developments in pedagogy, policy and design and to produce strategies to improve learning in schools across Australia and New Zealand.

Marshall Day has gained a lot of critical experience through the design and commission of first generation Building Education Revolution schools, and has a clear understanding of how the spaces can best be utilised from an acoustic standpoint. Amanda Robinson, our education specialist, will provide consulting engineering services with other members of the Marshall Day team as required, to help teaching staff understand and best utilise their teaching environment.

Industry Partners

The other contributors to the research project will be:

  • Brisbane, Anglican Church Grammar School

  • Woodleigh School

  • Australian Science and Mathematics School

  • Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

  • QLD Department of Education and Training

  • ACT Education & Training Directorate

  • NSW Department of Education

  • New Zealand Ministry of Education

  • Saint-Gobain Ecophon AB

  • Hayball Pty Ltd

  • Marshall Day Acoustics Pty Ltd

  • Association for Learning Environments Australasia Ltd (formerly CEFPI)

  • Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum)

  • Telstra Corporation Limited

  • Steelcase Australia Pty Ltd

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