ERIC Number: ED165313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Observation and Recording of Educational Activities as an Aid to School Design. Technical Report No. 391.
Venezky, Richard L.
The development of new instructional organizations has placed demands on school facilities that cannot be met adequately with the procedures currently used for school design. Organizational methods, for example, that stress small-group and individual work in non-age-graded settings are not accommodated easily by either of the two common forms of school structures in the United States--the closed-classroom, eggcrate design, or the large, open-pod design. To improve the design of school facilities, a recording technique has been developed for gathering information on educational activities. A floor plan of a school that shows all areas that are potentially useable for school activities is labeled and the major characteristics of the spaces including equipment are recorded. For each activity observed, the location, duration, and equipment used are recorded, along with the type of activity and certain characteristics of the students and instructor. These data are then analyzed to yield information on instructional patterns, space and facility requirements, and student circulation. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Ministry of Education and Culture, Jerusalem (Israel).
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.
Note: Report for the Project on Organization for Instruction and Administrative Arrangements; Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of charts and graphs