ERIC Number: ED159773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Open Plan Primary School Building Design in Australia. The Australian Open Area Schools Project Technical Report No. 5.
Keating, B.; Zani, T. L.
This report sets out to describe the emergence of new school design concepts during 1968-1975 in Australia. The report draws heavily on Western Australian sources particularly in the historical perspective prior to the 1960s. However, where possible developments are covered in all states and the two territories. An attempt is made to describe what is meant by "open plan" and to identify the antecedents of change in earlier decades that culminated in the new schools. This is followed by a brief account of the evolution of educational architecture since the advent of compulsory education. A subsequent section that describes the major developments in the school construction programs of each state and territory presents a short chronology of the building innovations in the 1960s and 1970s. The educational rationale of open plan schools is then discussed. The intention is to describe, where possible, the official view of the state departments with respect to the educational advantages and teaching techniques associated with the new architecture. The report is concluded by a short discussion of the impact of the new school designs. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Australia Education Dept., Perth.
Note: For related documents, see EA 010 826-827, ED 117 806, and ED 118 530