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ERIC Number: EJ907062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-2072-7925
How Intuitive Design in Schools Can Be Achieved by Engaging with the Consumer
Doust, Tom
CELE Exchange, Article 12 Nov 2010
Over the past ten years, the Sorrell Foundation--a UK education charity--has demonstrated, through practical design projects, the advantages of involving children and young people as the main consumers of their school. The results of Sorrell Foundation projects have not only been extremely positive, but also highly creative. This article discusses how the marriage of good design and consumer ownership leads to a better understanding by the user and ultimately a more profitable creation. This approach does not rely on traditional methods of market research but plays on human intuition. While schools are not products, design plays an important part in their functioning. Architectural design, spatial design, communication design and landscaping design, to name a few, are all key ingredients when refurbishing or redesigning schools. The success of their buildings and spaces is dependent on how well they relate to their users: pupils and teachers. Good education isn't exclusively linked to good design; leadership and teaching are fundamental to the school ethos, however the school environment has the power to have a significant impact on the way in which pupils connect with their education. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom