ERIC Number: ED431294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
School Grounds: A Guide to Good Practice. Building Bulletin 85.
Funnell, Keith; Alford, Valerie; Denegri, Don; Johns, Sally; Young, Bob; Lucas, Bill; Titman, Wendy; Wood, Joan
Limited financial resources and increasing pressures of competing claims on school outdoor grounds have created the need for greater quality enhancement of these areas to ensure they are used efficiently. This document addresses the issues and principles affecting school grounds, provides an analysis of the benefits of using and developing these areas, and outlines the processes necessary for successful school ground management as advocated by Learning through Landscapes. Chapters examine why ground surveying is important; how the National Curriculum provides a framework for the need to teach in the outdoor classroom; and why schools should develop a clear justification for their management of breaks and lunch times, as well as the special nature of this experience and its connection with student behavior. Additionally explored are recent research on the hidden curriculum and how school ground design influences behavior, different options and their contractual arrangements for school ground maintenance, and resources for planning grounds changes. It discusses the importance of the process of developing school grounds and of student involvement. Concluding sections offer reference material that includes information for school site and zone development, sports facilities, maintenance scheduling, key staff responsibilities, and a list of informational sources. Contains an index. (GR)
Descriptors: British National Curriculum, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities Design, Elementary Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Outdoor Education, Recreational Activities, School Maintenance, Secondary Schools
HMSO Publications Centre, P.O. Box 276, London, SW8 5DT England; Tel: 0171-873-9090; Fax: 0171-873-8200 (19.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Department for Education and Employment, London (England). Architects and Building Branch.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)