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ERIC Number: EJ798504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
Balancing Act
Kennedy, Mike
American School & University, v80 n4 p16-21 Dec 2007
For some administrators and planners, designing and building education facilities may sometimes seem like a circus act--trying to project a persona of competence and confidence while juggling dozens of issues. Meanwhile, the audience--students, staff members and taxpayers--watch and wait with anticipation in hopes of getting what they paid for and being delighted with the results. To be successful, administrators and planners have to keep track of numerous factors: costs; curricular innovations; the latest upgrades in equipment and technology; the growing demands for heightened security; the duty to accommodate learners with different styles, personality types and abilities; the obligation to use resources wisely; and the desire to create a hub that brings a community together. The trick is getting across that high wire before the spotlight goes out or the crowd gets impatient, and trying to keep all those items loft without letting any one of them--or the whole operation--come crashing down. But, despite the obstacles, schools and universities across the nation continue to deliver education environments that are conducive to learning. Designers and educators have to address many concerns as they traverse the tightrope from planning stage to completed building. This article presents ten of the issues schools and universities are likely to confront as they plan and build the learning spaces that will educate future generations of schoolchildren.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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