Classrooms

Title Abstract Publication Date
School Design Impacts upon Cognitive Learning: Defining Equal Educational Opportunity for the New Millennium. Describes some design and planning impacts on cognitive learning and student performance. The classroom design impact discussion focuses on the relationship of students to instructional media at the... 08/29/2005
School Facility Recommendations for Class Size Reduction. [California] The California Department of Education encourages its school districts to make every effort to reduce classroom size and maintain the physical size of 960 square feet for elementary schools and 1,350... 04/30/1998
School Furniture by the Square Foot Discusses redesigning classrooms that requires reconfiguring walls as well as furnishings and making those spaces available for multiple uses. Designs driven by new pedagogy may include a variety of... 01/31/2012
School of One Design Charrette. Focuses on designing the space for New York City Schools' pilot concept entitled School of One which redefines the role of technology in the learning environment. The space has to accommodate... 04/30/2009
School of One, Program Overview Video. Describes New York City's multi-faceted School of One teaching program that combines classroom, individual, and virtual learning customized to a student's skills and interests. This... 12/31/2008
Setting the Stage for Student Engagement. This article presents suggestions for teachers that can increase the chances that their students will be fully engaged during a lesson. The issues of time (length of lessons), space (arrangement of... 12/31/2005
Setting Up Classroom Spaces That Support Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Illustrates with brief text and photos how to determine what type of furniture and materials to choose for various types of classrooms and how to arrange them in a way that creates an effective... 08/31/2010
Seven Tips for Building Collaborative Learning Spaces. Offers tips for creating collaborative learning spaces in either new construction or renovation and retrofit. Involve faculty in design process. Gauge student input. Invest in flexible furniture.... 05/31/2010
Shaping the Future of Learning Environments: Emerging Paradigms and Best Practices. This issue of Open House International explores and investigate qualities and characteristics of learning environments at different scales and in different contexts, from classroom typologies to... 02/28/2009
Shared Visions? Architects and Teachers Perceptions on the Design of Classroom Environments. Discusses the classroom environment and its effects on the practice of teachers, examining through interviews the relationships between the designed classroom and how teachers use it. The ways in... 12/31/1997
Should a Classroom Have Four Walls? Discusses an innovative approach to educational spaces in schools of the future, where larger student community takes precedent over the smaller one in a traditional, isolated classroom. Many walls... 02/23/2011
Small Learning Groups Revive the Open Classroom. Describes educational program and facility design solutions that can help make an open classroom plan successful. Small learning groups are provided with a variety of open, semi-enclosed, and... 02/28/2003
Smart Building Spaces Redefine Traditional School Environments Discusses serendipity spaces that manifest themselves in a variety of forms — from quiet study alcoves in a library, to a main traffic lounge complete with computer terminals and a nearby café; or a... 12/12/2011
So Much Stuff, So Little Space: Creating and Managing the Learner-Centered Classroom. This is a straightforward guide to help kindergarten through fifth grade teachers make the most out of the least space by efficiently and effectively keeping track of all their stuff, from paperwork... 12/31/2001
Solitaire Confinement: The Impact of the Physical Environment on Computer Training. Institutions spend millions of dollars on computer training rooms yet give little thought to lighting, temperature, ambient noise, furniture arrangement, and other physical factors that affect... 12/31/1997
Some Efficient and Effective Classroom Designs That Accommodate Technology for Promoting Learning. In recent years there has been an increased emphasis on the design of classrooms so that instructional technologies will enhance the learning environment. Good design does not happen accidentally,... 01/31/2005
Sounding Off. Discusses how proper classroom design and technology can compensate for poor acoustics and enhance student comprehension. Examines issues that need to be discussed with the school architect. Explores... 06/30/1999
Space Craft. Profiles a classroom that was transformed according to Feng Shui principles, and offers several Feng Shui tips to remedy typical classroom design problems. 02/28/2007
Space Does Matter. Discusses the importance of flexible classroom spaces so that teachers can accommodate varying student learning abilities. 07/31/2010
Space Impacts Learning. Trung Le's recommendations for using space to help transform teaching and learning include: change the language and lexicon, eliminate classroom from vocabulary and talk about learning... 12/31/2010
Space Matters: The A+ Schools Program and the ABCs of Education. This looks at the need to include the design of school buildings and other physical aspects of the learning environment when attempting to transform pedagogy and make other systemic reforms. The... 03/31/2002
Space Utilization. Describes the development of an Intermediate Center, adjacent to the existing K-12 schools, within a fast-growing community. Designed for children in 5th-7th grades, the center includes a special... 07/31/2003
Space, Power and the Classroom. Examines the spatial relationships of teachers and pupils in the classroom, showing how space is used to create and maintain particular forms of relationship and power structure, and illustrated with... 12/31/2003
Special Education Classroom Infrastructure: Teacher's Views. Assesses the suitability of the physical infrastructure of schools and integration of special education programs across the country of Malaysia. 37.7 percent of respondents are not sure about the... 12/31/2009
Split-Level Flexibility Presents photographs and the floor plan of a middle school whose split-level design separates noisy areas, such as the band room and gymnasium, from the academic wing. The design encourages teaming... 12/31/1996

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