ERIC Number: ED083699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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Open-Area Schools. Report of a CEA Study.
Canadian Education Association, Toronto (Ontario).
A committee of educators and some Canadian Education Association staff designed a questionnaire that was sent to 63 school systems across Canada to elicit information concerning the prevalence of open plan schools, whether or not school systems were finding the open space concept an improvement over the traditional mode, and some personal opinions about open plan classrooms from those who used them. After studying the replies, committee members made site visits to 19 of the 90.5 percent responding school systems. Study and site visit findings reveal that open space is now most common at grade 1-6 levels, and that the two most common complaints are that teaching in open space puts greater pressure on the teacher who is "on stage," and maintenance is more of a problem than in older buildings. However, findings also revealed that the benefits outweighed the disadvantages. Team teaching, multi-age and multi-level grouping, increased use of the library resource center, and individual and small group instruction were all considered favorable benefits. The questionnaire used in the study is reproduced in its final version. (Author/EA)
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Individualized Instruction, Nongraded Instructional Grouping, Open Plan Schools, Questionnaires, Research, School Surveys, Team Teaching
Canadian Education Association, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V5 (Canada) ($2.50)
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Authoring Institution: Canadian Education Association, Toronto (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada