ERIC Number: ED122367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-26
Reference Count: 0
Helping Principals Make Better Use of Existing Facilities.
Fredrickson, John H.
The findings of two studies establish some deleterious effects of unsatisfactory physical environment on school children. However, modern technology enables the exercise of total environmental control in new and existing facilities. Between the realities of today and the exceptations of tomorrow we have a transitional model--the open plan concept. Principals must consider open space in terms of the potential manipulation of many subspaces, a manipulation dictated by innovative learning activities. Educational space should be able to change with the educational program and should involve: (1) differentiation of scale, (2) a sense of place, (3) a focal point, (4) differentiation of mood, (5) directionality, and (6) furnishings and equipment. Space modification effort also involves the control of acoustics and illumination. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Acoustical Environment, Educational Environment, Educational Specifications, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Influences, Improvement, Interior Design, Interior Space, Lighting, Open Plan Schools, Physical Environment, Principals, Space Classification, Space Orientation, Visual Environment
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Bicentennial Convention of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (Atlantic City, New Jersey, April 24-28, 1976)