The Design of Learning Spaces

Continuum Books

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Pamela Woolner

Softcover | 24.6 x 18.9 cm | 124 pp | 10 illustrations

Continuum Books | 2010 | 9781855397743

Learning can take place anywhere. So does the detail of the physical surroundings provided by schools matter? After many years of minimal investment in school premises, schools in the UK are in the midst of a wave of planning, building and using new schools. This includes all English secondary schools, being renewed through Building Schools for the Future (BSF), as well as schemes for English primaries and programmes of school construction in Scotland and Wales. Starting from an educational perspective, and building on work in architectural design, Pamela Woolner gives an overview of current issues in the design of learning environments, covering the physical design of spaces and how that design impacts on the organisation of people in schools, their relationships and their teaching and learning. Filling the gap in understanding and knowledge between the worlds of architecture and education, this is essential reading for school leaders and all those engaged in thinking about how school design might be planned and arranged to facilitate learning and teaching.



1. Four Schools Through Time \ 2. The Problems of Poor Environments for Learning \ 3. How Much is Enough? Trying to improve learning environments \ 4. The Rationale for a Collaborative Design Process \ 5. Collaborative School Design: making it work \ 6. Rebuilding Your School: can we transform learning through space and facilities? \ 7. Rebuilding Your School: can we change relationships through altered social space and school organisation? \ 8. Rebuilding Your School: recognising and adapting what works to fit emerging needs.



An excellent introduction to the complex topic of building schools from both education and design perspectives. The text presents the research to enable those involved in schools to test their approaches, especially around hotly contested areas such as colour. The book explains the research for both sides of an argument rather than promoting the author's personal view. A great resource for those currently building schools. -  Claire McKeown, architect and co-author of Successful School Design (CABE 2009), Malcolm Reading Consultants, UK” 



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