ERIC Number: ED214249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Designing for Privacy in the Classroom: An Ecological Perspective.
Ross, Rhonda P.
As part of a symposium on the provision of architectural privacy within the classroom, this paper reviews the limited research that is available and discusses the importance of viewing classroom settings as ecological units with both physical and behavioral components. Whether children prefer to use private facilities, and whether they benefit from them, depends on characteristics of the child and of the educational program and on the particular means by which privacy is provided. The relevant characteristics of the child include sex, age, opportunities for privacy at home, and personality characteristics. Characteristics of the educational program that have implications for the design of the classroom environment include the number of children, the relationships among the children required by the activity, the role of the teacher, the need for concentration, and potential distractions caused by the activity. Identifying ways to provide privacy also involves looking at degrees of privacy, types of privacy, options regarding where children are permitted to work, and the freedom to personalize an assigned place. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A version of this paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).