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Seating arrangement and classroom interaction

1 December 1994


This qualitative study examines seating arrangements and their correlation with interaction in the classroom. The different types of common seating arrangements that exist, the different types preferred by experienced teachers, and the variance of interaction in different seating arrangements, are all explored in this study. This study does not suggest that one arrangement is better than all of the others, but does provide an in depth analysis of three of the most common arrangements: traditional row seating, table seating, and grouped seating. The purpose of this study is to provide educators with information about an important aspect of the classroom environment, in hopes of helping educators establish an arrangement that they and the students can work well in.


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