Classrooms

Title Abstract Publication Date
Optimal Learning Environments: Societal Expectations, Learning Goals and the Role of School Designers. Explores the effects of societal expectations on schools and investigates the relationship among those expectations, learning goals, and the learning theories that undergird schools. Through... 12/31/2010
Optimizing the Design of Computer Classrooms: The Physical Environment. Suggests two guiding principles as a framework to interpret the research findings of environmental psychology that focus on effective classroom design: effective design promotes attention in the... 06/30/2003
Parents Speak Out: What Should Schools & Classrooms Look Like? Examines attributes of middle level classrooms and schools perceived by parents as inviting, and attributes related to student behavior and achievement. Notes that inviting schools/classrooms are... 08/31/1997
Patterns for Small Learning Communities at the Elementary Level. Promotes the L shaped classroom as a model to accommodate small learning communities within elementary schools. Suggestions for creating zones within such a classroom are included. 05/04/2008
Place of Virtual, Pedagogic and Physical Space in the 21st Century Classroom This paper outlines work connected to the successful convergence of digital, pedagogic and physical space. The Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL) has been focusing on the gap that has... 07/31/2010
Planning a STEM Classroom Discusses furniture design and room layout that will help to facilitate STEM curriculum and programs to maximize learning. 03/31/2012
Planning for Flexibility, Not Obsolescence This keynote speech discusses computer lab/classrooms and the issue of properly combining space, pedagogy, and technology when facility planning to better enhance student learning and support the... 08/31/1999
Planning the Middle School Science Classroom. Examines the planning requirements for designing a middle school's science classroom, including the areas of casework and sinks, surfaces, furniture, gas, storage, power, ventilation, and safety... 12/31/1999
Plants in the Classroom Can Improve Student Performance. The aims of this project was to investigate the effects of indoor plants on classroom performance in years 6 and 7 students. The trials were conducted in three independent schools in the Brisbane... 10/28/2010
Pods vs. Corridors. Advocates for the organization of classrooms around open, or common, spaces, noting the requirements for and advantages of the open space. 05/31/2008
Preparing the Inclusion Classroom for Students with Special Physical and Health Needs The Classroom Ecological Preparation Inventory (CEPI) is designed to aid in inclusion of students with physical impairments and health needs in the general-education classroom. The CEPI focuses on... 12/31/1998
Primary Ideas: Projects to Enhance Primary School Environments. Presents a toolkit of design principles, creative ideas, and projects for primary school environments, aimed at inspiring staff, pupils and parents. Its aim is to help schools take an inclusive... 12/31/2005
Psychological Aspects of Classroom Planning The physical environment has a psychological impact on teachers and students; and consequently, on teaching and learning. Shape, size, arrangement and decor of the room can be inviting or repulsive... 08/31/1990
Radical Idea #13: Build a Better Classroom. Ideas for propelling classrooms into the 21st century: personalized schedules, telepresence, beautiful buildings, internet everywhere, digital learning library, and flexible furniture. 01/11/2011
Re-designing Spaces for Learning Based on case study for education redesign for Northern Beaches Christian School, a co-educational K-12 school of 1300 students in the northern region of Sydney, Australia. NBCS created some new... 04/16/2012
Reality Check. It Pays to Keep Your Sense of Humor A former elementary school teacher shares suggestions for decorating a classroom on a low budget. The article includes tips for decorating bulletin boards and keeping them up-to-date, organizing... 02/28/1995
Recycling Buildings: Aging, Multipurpose Gyms have Future as Repurposed Classrooms. Discusses the conversion of outdated and undersized school gymnasiums into other uses. Typical re-uses are described, as are issues concerning the extent of renovation required and examples from... 08/31/2010
Redesigning Education: Rethinking the School Corridor. Roughly one-third of the typical school building is used not for learning, growing, or interacting, but for getting to the places where that happens via corridors. Recommends using corridors as... 03/25/2010
Reimagining the Classroom: Opportunities to Link Recent Advances in Pedagogy to Physical Settings Examines how a classroom's physical environment (as defined by its design, layout, furnishings, and space utilization) can be manipulated to enhance its learning environment. Presents three case... 10/31/2011
Reorganizing Primary Classroom Learning. This book addresses the issue of classroom organization in primary education, explaining evidence that it asserts should prompt primary schools to re-think the contexts in which children are expected... 12/31/2001
Required Changes in the Classroom Environment: It's a Matter of Design. The New York City Department of Education has recently set forth new mandates for the redesign of classrooms. Teachers must be taught how to redesign their classrooms correctly so that all students... 07/31/2004
Rethinking Classroom Design Guidelines. Discusses the difference between studio and traditional classrooms, with particular emphasis on how this impacts technology integration. 06/01/2010
Revoicing Classrooms: A Spatial Manifesto Why is the physical learning environment in schools largely ignored by teachers within pedagogical practice? The author contends that the Knowledge Age requires that school, college, and university... 12/31/2003
School Construction: Technology Is Changing the Way Kids Learn. . . and the Classrooms in which They Do It. Examines recent trends in technology education and how learning success can be influenced by effective design. Describes several technology labs, including those in which modular units replace... 02/28/2003
School Design Effects on Cognitive Learning: Defining Equal Educational Opportunity. Urges consideration of the learning process when designing classrooms, and not just stopping with abundant natural lighting and good looks. Students should be equitably seated around instructional... 12/31/2005

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