ERIC Number: ED220470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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The Learning Environment: An Instructional Strategy.
Loughlin, Catherine E.; Suina, Joseph H.
This book offers both a conceptual framework and practical guidance for arranging the elementary school classroom. It provides examples and drawings of arrangements from real classrooms and information and procedures for providing supportive learning environments. A conceptual overview of the learning environment considers the environment as a tool for influencing behavior and as an aid to the teacher in management of tasks, and suggests ways in which an analysis of the classroom environment may help solve problems. The first section in the book concentrates upon the organization of space within the classroom, how to visualize space and room arrangement, and space from a child's perspective. Organizing space for activity and movement are discussed as well as ways to observe and correct faulty traffic patterns and underused areas. In section II, provisioning classrooms with instructional materials to enhance continuous learning is dealt with, including effective storage and arrangement, and obtaining materials and tools for multiple uses. The third section is devoted to arrangement and display of learning materials, providing physical access to materials and distribution of materials. The final section covers the topic of organizing the classroom to promote literacy through creative displays, the functional use of print, and literature activities. Ways of supporting children with special physical needs are included in this section. A bibliography is appended. (JD)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Elementary Schools, Equipment Storage, Exceptional Persons, Found Spaces, Multipurpose Classrooms, Reading Instruction, School Buildings, School Space, Space Dividers, Space Utilization, Student Interests
Teachers College Press, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 ($14.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Books
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