ERIC Number: ED416665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Designing School Facilities for Learning. Probe: Developing Education Policy Issues.
National Education Knowledge Industry Association, Washington, DC.
Researchers have discovered that the physical condition of a school can make a difference in student achievement. To further this knowledge, seven articles on school environments, ranging from school repair to strategies for infrastructure funding, are presented. The first article, "The Cruel Conditions of Our Nation's Schools," (Michael R. Williams) describes how deferred maintenance in school buildings has raised school repair costs to $112 billion over the next 3 years. Some of the questions raised are addressed in the second article, "Probe Roundtable", which reports on a discussion of experts on learning and school facilities and focuses on questions that must be answered so as to help policymakers and community leaders manage their schools' facility needs. School design and consensus is covered in the third article, "Design and Consensus," (Julie Miller) and features an example of an innovative planning process. Ways in which architects and educators have translated research on school reform into workable plans for school facilities are discussed in "School Facilities Fit for Reform" (Anne C. Lewis), followed by details on how color, lighting, and other elements can be combined to aid student achievement in "School Sense" (Ullik Rouk). Many communities need infrastructure funding and ways in which to raise funds, without seeking voter-approved bond issues; these strategies are detailed in "The Question That Won't Go Away" (Lynn W. Zempel). The next article, "Managing in the States" (Brian Curry), describes how school are being forced to find creative solutions to the increasing demands being placed on aging schools. The publication concludes with "A Role for the Federal Government in School Infrastructure?" (Neil Strawser). (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Policy Formation, School Buildings, School Funds, School Policy, School Space
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Education Knowledge Industry Association, Washington, DC.