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ERIC Number: EJ905968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-760X
"In-Between" Spaces in Postwar Primary Schools: A Micro-Study of a "Welfare Room" (1977-1993)
Clark, Alison
History of Education, v39 n6 p767-778 Nov 2010
What narratives may a micro-study within a school reveal about past lives, roles and design? What traces may be contained within a single room? This paper focuses on an oral history of a "welfare room" in a postwar Infants school as told by a welfare assistant. The school is an early example of school designed by Mary (Crowley) Medd opened in 1949. Mary, together with David Medd, was to play a significant role in postwar school design through their work at a local authority level, particularly in Hertfordshire and more widely at a national and international level through the Ministry of Education Architects and Building Development Group (1949-1972). This study, part of a wider investigation of three of the Medds' postwar schools, reveals three features of architectural intention lived out in the habitation of the space. There is an attention to the "in-between" as part of a reconfiguring of learning spaces, to comfort and care linked to design, which promotes growth, and to craftsmanship. (Contains 2 figures and 38 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)