Classroom Layout and Student Management

The effects of classroom layout on student interaction and classroom control
This study examined whether classroom seating layout affected student interaction and classroom control during Command Leadership and Management courses (CLM). Seating layouts included: a) individual seating arrangements, b) horseshoe, c) grouped, and d) paired seating arrangement. The study consisted of 12 soldiers on a junior CLM course which was conducted over a period of 5days. In conducting the research I looked at two main areas; 1) social interaction and 2) classroom control. As well as this I recorded results of the students’ personal feelings and opinions of the classroom via questionnaires. I also recorded student interaction and classroom control via a student seating tick chart which was tallied by myself. See fig 1 for student seating tick charts.
There are numerous reasons for conducting this research, the main areas that i focused on were, did the changes improve student interaction and therefore improve student learning? Did the changes improve classroom control and therefore improve the management aspect of teaching? And was I better able to highlight the students who where in need of extra help or tuition? Douglas and Gifford stated that the desire to improve education has stimulated awareness for the necessity of improving learning environments (Douglas & Gifford, 2001). All teachers should want to improve education and should therefore consider the learning environment that their students find themselves in, and whether there can be any improvements made.
Previous research into this field has primarily focused upon the subject of the physical and social classroom environment and how these can affect academic performance (Cheng, 1994; Martin, 2002). In this report we will be primarily focusing on the physical environment with minor reference to the social classroom environment. What is meant by the terms physical classroom environment and social classroom...