ERIC Number: ED208560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
School Furniture. Programme on Educational Building.
The experience of designing and making installations of school furniture in collaboration with three countries--Norway, Portugal, and Spain--and of performing additional work in France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom provides the basis for this report. The ages of the pupils in the schools concerned ranged from 3 to 13 years. A theme of this report is that the design of school furniture is an integral part of school design itself, and can give teachers the opportunity of making their surroundings responsive to, and convenient for, changing ways of working. Educational assumptions underlying the projects are that children learn at different speeds and in different ways; therefore, school spaces should be flexible and should provide a variety of activities. School furniture should encourage an atmosphere of informality. Diagrams, photographs, and floor plans demonstrate work spaces that fulfill these requirements. Part 1 is concerned with educational developments and their influence on planning and furniture. Part 2 discusses school furniture and its characteristics. Part 3 discusses procedures for design and supply. The appendices offer more detailed consideration of dimensional disciplines, and describe and illustrate the projects in Spain and Norway. Figures, notes, and references are given at the end of each part and in the appendices. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Classroom Design, Classroom Furniture, Demonstration Programs, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Human Factors Engineering, Preschool Education, Standards
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
Identifiers: France; Netherlands; Norway; Portugal; Spain; United Kingdom