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ERIC Number: ED507423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
FirstSchool Learning Environments: Supporting Relationships. Issues in PreK-3rd Education. Number Three
Ritchie, Sharon; Crawford, Gisele M.; Clifford, Richard M.
FPG Child Development Institute
The physical environment of a school community provides more than shelter and work space. It conveys values and messages about who is welcome, what is important, and how children learn. School is a place where children, staff and families spend much of their time, where routine needs are met, relationships are developed, skills are learned, abilities are enhanced, and attitudes towards learning, society and the environment are formed. An optimal indoor and outdoor environment for children should be designed to support the development and maintenance of positive relationships and partnerships throughout the school community; maximize children's learning opportunities; and promote and maintain health and wellness for all members of the school community. This brief discusses how indoor and outdoor learning environments can support positive relationships. (Contains 15 notes.)
FPG Child Development Institute. University of North Carolina, Publications Office, CB# 8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0857; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, FPG Child Development Institute