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Type: Capítulo de livro
Title: Designing The Positive Public School Environment: A Brazilian Perspective
Author: Kowaltowski D.C.C.K.
Deliberador M.S.
Pereira P.R.P.
Abstract: Public education has always been an important instrument to promote social progress. Schools need to address issues that impact society and make sure that future citizens are capable of meeting the challenges that lie ahead. The quality-learning environment is composed of intelligent students, excellent teachers, appropriate pedagogy and an engaging, comfortable and attractive school building. To attain a quality built environment the design process needs structure, rigor and rich and varied data on architectural design elements and their impact on environmental comfort, functions and human behavior. The extensive literature on school architecture presents a variety of aspects that influence the learning process, not least functional elements. Thus, aspects of space per student and school size, that affect densities and feelings of crowding, are important; as are classroom shapes and layouts, color schemes and wayfinding issues in school buildings. The quality and distribution of equipment and furniture to support the variety of learning activities of recommended contemporary pedagogies also need to be discussed in school building design processes. In many countries the traditional school building and classroom layout for up to 45 students are still the norm and this is not yet questioned in relation to the rich insights coming from research on the learning environment. This chapter presents data from a continuing study on the public school environment as found in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. The local school building design process was characterized and shown to lack a detailed briefing phase to discuss the issues shown above. Some opportunities for change were identified and the incremental introduction of improvements to local schools should be explored. © 2013 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Editor: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Rights: fechado
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Date Issue: 2013
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