ERIC Number: ED427505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Changing Patterns in Educational Facilities. An REFP Workshop Conducted at the CEFPI 1998 Vancouver Conference.
Lackney, Jeffery A.; Fielding, Randall; Magney, Tammy; Menzel, Richard
Planners are increasingly focusing on the future of society, education, and the impact these social forces may have on school facilities and learning environments. This report examines patterns in societal trends, educational approaches, and facility design. Both historical trends and cutting edge approaches were explored. Participants worked in teams to answer questions and develop projections for educational and facility responses in the year 2025. The structure of the workshop followed closely Alvin Toffler's "The Third Wave," in which he articulates three waves of societial change corresponding to the development and rise of the agricultural, industrial and information societies. The following time frames are discussed: Agricultural Society (1650-1849); Industrial Society (1850-1949); Information Society (1940-1999); and Knowledge Society (2000-2025). Workshop participants were challenged with the task of speculating about the outlines of the present cultural transformation and pondering the influcence this transformation may have on education and facilities. The workshop focused primarily on the North American experience. Included is a diagram of the workshop seating matrix that helped to mix participants into groups. (GR)
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), History, Public Schools, Social Change, Workshops
Web site: http://www.designshare.com
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Design Share, Minneapolis, MN.
Note: Recognized Educational Facility Professional (REFP) Workshop presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 4-7, 1998).