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ERIC Number: EJ798761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
A Lofty Goal
Dindo, Umberto
American School & University, v79 n13 p148-150 Aug 2007
Today's educators require flexible spaces that can accommodate multiple functions and future demands. They need spaces that enhance modern teaching methods and a student's personal development. Architecture by itself cannot provide a good education, but the environment it creates may impact a student's well-being and ability to learn. Educators want environments where students can explore and experience their creative capabilities. Their social development may accelerate in school facilities that bring students of different ages together, particularly in open teaching areas. Designing schools is an increasingly collaborative effort that includes teachers, students, education consultants and parents. In response to these changing policies and requirements, many architects are creating schools that look, feel and function differently than schools of the past. For the past five years, an international survey found that Zurich, Switzerland, is "the city with the highest quality of living in the world." An important contributor to that perception is the quality of the city's education system. In this article, the author talks about Zurich's public school system as one from which American schools and universities can learn about education and design.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Switzerland