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ERIC Number: ED485990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Taking School Design to Students
Borden, Rebecca
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
From an educational perspective, involving students in school design provides a rich learning experience. Students must reflect on the world around them and develop practical solutions to everyday problems. Design-based activities make them think about the learning environment, prompting them to consider where and why they learn best. Such activities go beyond traditional lesson plans because students work on real problems in a real context. There are as many "teachable moments" in the school design process as there are student ideas about how schools should be designed. No single method exists for effectively involving students in school design, but this document describes seven strategies, based on interviews with architects, planners, educators, and administrators from across the country, that have proved successful for productively involving students in the school design process and making it a positive learning experience: (1) Use student artwork; (2) Use disposable cameras; (3) Host student forums; (4) Involve students in planning committees; (5) Organize a student design competition; (6) Provide design programs during out-of-school hours; and (7) Integrate design activities into class work.
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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