ERIC Number: ED056423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Physical Environment and Special Education: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Research. Final Report.
Abeson, Alan; Berenson, Bertram
The project on physical environment and special education attempted to formulate research based statements that would assist both special educators and architects in designing educational facilities for special education. The major implication of all findings was that a dearth existed in educators and facility planners who were trained and/or experienced in planning and designing special educational facilities. Data on teacher attitudes were said to include: minor modifications in teacher's working area could improve both environment and educational program; and teachers were excluded from planning school facilities in which they worked. Three areas for research efforts were then suggested: evaluation of facility planning, measurement of effective use of environment, and assessment of relationship between man and physical environment. It was then suggested that funding of improved special educational facilities might come from the government, both state and federal. The bulk of the report was appendixes concerning: appraisal and report on existing special education facilities in the U.S.; information useful to facility planners and a special planning process guide; methodology for field experimentation for measuring environmental role in educational process; and dissemination of information. (CB)
Descriptors: Architecture, Design Requirements, Educational Facilities, Environmental Influences, Exceptional Child Research, Financial Support, Government Role, Guidelines, Handicapped Children, Information Dissemination, Physical Environment, Research Methodology, School Buildings, Teacher Attitudes
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.