The Design of Learning Spaces (Future Schools)
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The Design of Learning Spaces

Future Schools

By Pamela Woolner

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Format: Paperback / softback, 144 pages
Other Information: 10 bw illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 11 June 2010
This title introduces key issues in the design of learning spaces with case studies and guidance on refurbishment and new building projects. Learning can take place anywhere. So does the detail of the physical surroundings provided by schools matter? After many years of minimal investment in school premises, schools in the UK are in the midst of a wave of planning, building and using new schools. This includes all English secondary schools, being renewed through Building Schools for the Future (BSF), as well as schemes for English primaries and programmes of school construction in Scotland and Wales. Starting from an educational perspective, and building on work in architectural design, Pamela Woolner gives an overview of current issues in the design of learning environments, covering the physical design of spaces and how that design impacts on the organization of people in schools, their relationships and their teaching and learning. Filling the gap in understanding and knowledge between the worlds of architecture and education, this is essential reading for school leaders and all those engaged in thinking about how school design might be planned and arranged to facilitate learning and teaching. "The Future Schools Series" explores the ways in which schools' needs for the future are differing from the traditional, largely Victorian approach still adopted by the majority of British schools today. The series focuses on innovation in schools, both in terms of the school environment and pedagogical approach. A major factor in this is the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, which is the biggest single UK government investment in improving school buildings for over 50 years. The aim is to rebuild or renew every secondary school in England over a 10-15 year period. This includes significant investment in ICT to support the government's educational reform agenda. As well as improving school buildings, the aim of the agenda is to promote a step-change in the quality of provision. Schools are starting to follow a range of innovative practice in terms of their links with communities around them, as part of the Every Child Matters and extended schools agenda, their structure and organization and, not least, the organization and approach of the leadership and senior management team. Books in this series will provide either an overview of transformation with specific case studies from around the UK and worldwide, or focus more specifically on one or a small collection of schools to show examples of good practice at a local community level.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Four Schools Through Time; 2. The Problems of Poor Environments for Learning; 3. How Much is Enough? Trying to improve learning environments; 4. The Rationale for a Collaborative Design Process; 5. Collaborative School Design: making it work; 6. Rebuilding Your School: can we transform learning through space and facilities?; 7. Rebuilding Your School: can we change relationships through altered social space and school organisation?; 8. Rebuilding Your School: recognising and adapting what works to fit emerging needs; References; Index.

EAN: 9781855397743
ISBN: 1855397749
Publisher: Network Continuum Education
Dimensions: 24.38 x 18.54 x 1.27 centimeters (0.30 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Pamela Woolner is a Research Associate at the Centre for Learning and Teaching, Newcastle University. Her recent research has focused on the history and impact on learning of school buildings, and evaluation of current initiatives relating to school environments.


'An excellent introduction to the complex topic of building schools from both education and design perspectives. The text presents the research to enable those involved in schools to test their approaches, especially around hotly contested areas such as colour. The book explains the research for both sides of an argument rather than promoting the author's personal view. A great resource for those currently building schools.' Claire McKeown, architect and co-author of Successful School Design (CABE 2009), Malcolm Reading Consultants, UK

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