Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes (74)

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Our School Building Matters How to Use Investment in the Fabric of Your School to Inspire Learning

Targets at school teachers for making the most of the learning opportunities created by building a new school or refurbishing an existing one by drawing on expertise from both CABE and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. Proposes activities that can be mapped to the timeline of the school's build programme to create a strategy for pupils and staff to have a voice and impact on their school’s future environment.
Categories: Strategic planning, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: UK-England
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Creating New Schools

Outlines key points for local education authorities (LEA) to consider when planning new school buildings and stresses the importance of creativity and involving pupils in design process.
Categories: Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: UK-England
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Assessing Secondary School Design Quality

Provides recommendations for building schools for the future (BSF) for everyone involved in this capital programme drawing upon the results of a survey conducted on recently constructed school buildings in the UK. The programme explicitly links the quality of school design to the quality of education.
Categories: Design guidelines, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: UK-England
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School Refurbishment

Offers introductory advice to help teams avoid common mistakes and get the most from their refurbishment projects. Suggests and elaborates five ways to achieve a better refurbishment.
Categories: Briefing, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: UK-England
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Report from the National Summit of School Design: A Resource for Educators and Designers

Details eight overall recommendations made by The National Summit on School Design participants following discussions on a range of school design topics stressing school design principles for the 21st century -ideas, best practices, and concerns on such issues as school size, technology, trends in learning, siting and location, and public process and community-school collaboration. Examples of innovative school design and community-school collaboration taking place all across America are provided at the classroom, school, and community levels.
Categories: Design guidelines, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: United States
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Public School Principals Report on Their School Facilities

Presents current information (from 2005-2006) on the extent of the match between the enrollment and the capacity of the school buildings; environmental factors that can affect the use of classrooms and school buildings; the extent and ways in which schools use portable buildings and the reasons for using them; the availability of dedicated rooms for particular subject areas (such as science labs or music rooms); and the cleanliness and maintenance of student restrooms based on a survey of school principals conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Categories: Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: United States
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North Carolina Public Schools Facilities Guidelines

Provides school systems and designers with useful and reliable design information to use as a basis for new schools, additions and renovations in order to enhance the ability of local school systems to plan effective and efficient facilities which maximize instructional opportunities for students. Defines and describes the educational spaces needed to support a modern, comprehensive educational program and to set minimal guidelines for types of spaces and for sizes of spaces and serves as a planning guide for those in the process of building, enlarging, or renovating school facilities.
Categories: Design guidelines, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: United States
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Design For Learning Forum School Design and Student Learning In The 21st Century: A Report of Findings

Provides 10 key-findings for future of school design with a particular focus on improving the link between school design and achievement based on the outcomes of the 'Design for Learning Forum' organized by the American Architectural Foundation. Describes the historical evolution of the American schoolhouse and introduces current issues and challenges and the trends shaping school planning and design.
Categories: Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: United States
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Getting it Right - Functional Elements

Describes the elements of design which allow a space to function more effectively for learning. providing specifications for ventilation, acoustics, light, ceiling height, flooring, walls and environmental factors.
Categories: Design guidelines, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: Australia
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Recommendations for Quality School Infrastructure

Based on qualitative research and a review of literature of quality criteria, this collection of guidelines and leading questions provides 121 recommendations for policy-makers, school designers and users. Authors include various stakeholders and experts: architects, landscape designers, environmental psychologists, pedagogical experts, school principals, teachers and representatives of authorities.
Categories: Strategic planning, Investment guidelines and policy, Condition assessment, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: Hungary