School Design and Students' Relationships with the Natural World

Web Abstract: 
This qualitative study is an exploration of intermediate students' experience of the natural world as mediated by indoor/outdoor elements. The fieldwork for this project was conducted in the spring of 2009 at Bowen Island Community School in British Columbia. The research includes data collected from two focus groups, semi- structured interviews, photographs and fieldnotes. Using thematic analysis, the research found that indoor/outdoor interfaces and the presence of both gardens and forest as play environments provided students with a sense of freedom, joy, social cohesiveness and aesthetic pleasure in relation to their physical learning environment. Results are discussed in terms of future school design and other relevant student impacts. [Author's abstract]
Author: 
Indira Dutt
Journal: 
Children, Youth and Environments
Media Type: 
Text
Publication Date: 
03/31/2012
Page Numbers: 
p198-226
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