ERIC Number: ED055404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Environmental Design: New Relevance for Special Education.
Abeson, Alan; Blacklow, Julie, Ed.
Educational facilities for handicapped children are examined in terms of environmental design planning and needs. The first of four sections reports basic findings of the project Physical Environment and Special Education: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Research, which appraised by questionnaires and site visits the present status of special education facilities in the United States. Presented are general findings and implications for design planning based on data gathered relating to student integration, community and parent involvement, the learning space, the educational program and activities, social adjustment, observation systems, transportation, and administrative planning. The second section focuses on planning mechanisms and strategies from the point of view of both architects and special educators. Some individual approaches to planning are presented and mechanics of involving people in the planning process are discussed. The third section contains some specific solutions to environmental problems, with accompanying illustrative drawings. The final section presents selected research findings related to physical and psychological effects of environmental manipulation, research needs, and methodologies which can be used to conduct further research in this area. (KW)
Descriptors: Architectural Programing, Building Design, Classroom Environment, Design Requirements, Educational Facilities, Educational Planning, Environmental Research, Exceptional Child Research, Handicapped Children, National Surveys, Research Reviews (Publications), School Buildings
Council for Exceptional Children, Suite 900, 1411 South Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202 ($6.75)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Arlington, VA.