Dr. Roberts began exploring the connection between the physical learning environment and student outcomes in 2007. The first activity he completed was a review of the literature. (MORE)
Having determined that the connection was not only a tangible one, but that it was being explored by his peers, his next activity involved reviewing the Canadian data being gathered by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). After reviewing the 2003 PISA data on 1,100 Canadian schools, and comparing the results to the 2000 PISA report, he published the results of this analysis. The findings in this report showed that "Principals report a trend toward substantially poorer facility conditions." (MORE)
From the results of these two activities, Dr. Roberts concluded that new tools and techniques were needed to properly assess the physical quality of the teaching and learning environment, and to help set benchmarks to guide the deployment of capital investment in school facilities.
Social Science Tools
With the cooperation of several Canadian schools, Dr. Roberts was able to develop, test, and refine several research tools that gathered well- defined data from Principals and Teachers. This data helped to document the specific physical hindrances in the teaching and learning environment that these educators identified as issues. This assessment is quite different from the traditional facility condition index (FCI) rating undertaken from a property management perspective, because it assesses the teaching and learning environment through an educators eyes looking specifically at the impact physical hindrances could have on student outcomes. This assessment process is also quite different from the traditional 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' often annually done by the facility department in an effort to determine the actions needed to increase teacher satisfaction with school maintenance and custodial functions.
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The Social Science Foundation
The services offered by the QTLE Netwok are built on the solid foundation created by the extensive research work done by Dr. Roberts, and closely follow the continuously expanding work done by other leading individuals and organizations that share our commitment to finding a better way. Having actively facilitated, closely followed, and purposefully supported the work done by Dr. Roberts since 2007, Wayne Cole, Senior Business Partner, QTLE Network, has used the accumulated knowledge gained from this experience to create the QTLE Network. The proven social science approach taken to validate the consistency and reliability of the data used to identify physical hindrances that can impede student outcomes has been applied throughout the development of the toolset being offered by the QTLE Network.
The Blueprint for Change
The QTLE Network has applied the lessons learned from the application of this toolset on over 600 Canadian schools facilities, and 600 Canadian school classrooms, in developing the toolset it now offers. This toolset has proven to be a practical and cost-effective way of determining the current quality of the physical teaching and learning environment, and in determining the hindrance investments that need to be considered in the deployment of limited capital. The services delineated within the 'Service' tab of this Website have been designed to provide a blueprint for realigning the education organization to help ensure that facility renewal investment is compatible with the mission, and progress can be clearly measured.
The data gathered in the course of providing services to education clients will be analyzed on an ongoing basis, and used as the foundation for continuous improvement in the many tasks needed to ensure that the physical condition of the teaching and learning environment is managed to support the desired student outcomes.
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