Tip #238: Impact of Room Arrangements: Classroom Style

On August 16, 2008, Posted by , In training resources, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #238: Impact of Room Arrangements: Classroom Style

There are many different room arrangements for training. A very well-known and familiar arrangement is classroom style, in which there are parallel rows of tables and chairs facing a lectern or desk in the front of the room. There is typically a screen for audiovisual projection in the front of the room, either in the middle or angled to the side.

Pros:

  • It is a familiar arrangement.
  • Every participant is facing forward.

Cons:

  • It immediately creates negative transfer because it reminds participants of school situations in which they were expected to sit quietly, listen and take notes.
  • It relegates participants to the role of listeners, so they are less likely to speak up.
  • If school is an unhappy memory, the
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