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ERIC Number: ED158419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
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What's Happened in Schools of Open Design? (A Report to Cooperating Staff.)
Gump, Paul; Ross, Rhonda
Twenty-one elementary schools of "open space" design were studied to learn how teachers were adapting to this new kind of school environment. A method of quantifying a building's extent of physical openness was developed. Comparison of the original design of the buildings with their current floorplan indicated that in all but four of the schools the original openness had been considerably reduced by closing folding partitions, placing tall furniture between teaching areas, and, in extreme cases, by building new interior walls. Program openness was quantified by collecting information from teachers with respect to the extent that they dealt with a variety of students, the amount of team teaching that occurred, the degree to which groups from various areas were joined for large-group instruction, and the amount of individualization of instruction that occurred. Although the correlation between the schools' architectural openness and educational openness was nonsignificant, there was a significant relationship between the modified openness scores of the buildings and the educational program. In other words, teachers tended to modify their physical milieu to be compatible with the educational program operating in the school. The factors that were important in determining whether or not a space and program would remain open and what conditions led to teacher satisfaction were also examined. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas