Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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

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The Effect of School Construction on Test Scores, School Enrolments and Home Prices

Presents new evidence on the effect of school construction projects on home prices, academic achievement and public school enrolment. Six years after building occupancy, USD 10 000 of per-student investment in school construction raised reading scores for elementary and middle school students by 0.027 standard deviations. School construction also raised home prices and public school enrollment in zoned neighborhoods.
Categories: Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: Germany
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Good School, Inside and Out. Educating Spaces

Provides a handbook to inspire inclusive design and sustainable use of educational facilities. The chapters are organised around a set of nine quality criteria and participative planning. Each chapter contains a summary in the light of 6 aspects of learning environments, some theoretical background and exemplar cases as well as ideas or hints from Hungary and elsewhere.
Categories: Strategic planning, Investment guidelines and policy, Design guidelines, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: Hungary
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Modern Learning Environment Tool

The Modern Learning Environment (MLE) assessment process was introduced in 2010 as part of the changes to the 10 Year Property Plan (10YPP) process and Five Year Agreement (5YA) funding in New Zealand. The tool encourages schools to upgrade classrooms to the Designing Quality Learning Spaces (DQLS) Standards by including adequate acoustics, lighting, heating and ventilation. The tool also encourages schools to think creatively about the way they teach, and introduce ‘breakout spaces’ – spaces where students can work independently, or cross classroom, in an informal environment.
Categories: Strategic planning, Investment guidelines and policy, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: New Zealand
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A Holistic, Multi-level Analysis Identifying the Impact of Classroom Design on Pupils’ Learning

Presents a multi-level analysis used to examine the positive impacts on learning using 10 design parameters within a neuroscience framework of three design principles. Hypotheses were tested using data collected on 751 pupils from 34 varied classrooms in seven different schools in the UK. The aim of the study iss to explore if there is any evidence for demonstrable impacts of school building design on the learning rates of pupils in primary schools.
Categories: Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: UK-England
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The Essex Study: Optimised Classroom Acoustics for All

Presents the findings of a study conducted in an Essex secondary school, a school with a large resource base for deaf students, on the effect of change of room acoustics, as measured in terms of reverberation time. 400 children were involved directly in the study, including 17 children with hearing impairment. Student, teacher and visitor questionnaires and interviews were also used. Results indicated a very strong correlation between reverberation time and perceived quality of the teaching environment for both speech and listening.
Categories: Design guidelines, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: UK-England
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Building Better Outcomes: The Impact of School Infrastructure on Student Outcomes and Behaviour

Reviews a range of research studies that examine the possible causal linkages between school buildings and student outcomes and behavior, and it presents findings in support of the theory that facilities make a difference and also presents findings in areas where research to date is relatively inconclusive. The report also examines studies concerning the relationship between student outcomes and behavior based on the overall building condition as well as the influence of individual building elements.
Categories: Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: Australia
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Teachers’ Views on the Designs of their Primary Schools

Explores the views of teachers and students in 5 primary schools in England regarding the physical environment and facilities of their schools. Participants rated questions about what made for a ‘comfortable built environment’ and a ‘well-functioning spaces’, and interviews were conducted with school principals and students. Teachers’ views were compared with those of students in the same schools, indicating the need for creative solutions from designers.
Categories: Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: UK-England
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Findings from a Post-occupancy Evaluation in the UK Primary Schools Sector

Describes the development of an evidence base for what constitutes an optimal learning space, including a toolkit of good practice examples for use by local authority clients. The research method centred on a structured case study of 5 primary schools, informed by site observation, questionnaire distribution, headteacher's interview and workshop discussions. Concludes that education programmes for users should be implemented on occupation to ensure that the potential of the design strategies is fully realised.
Categories: Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: UK-England
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Learning in Twenty-First Century Schools: Toward School Buildings That Promote Learning, Ensure Safety, and Protect the Environment

Presents papers from a conference held in Santiago, Chile from 26-27 October 2010 on the state of school infrastructure in the Latin American region and the financial role of the private sector. Papers address design of kindergarten, primary and secondary schools; designing for hurricanes and earthquakes;the impact of school infrastructure on learning; public-private partnerships to build and manage schools; and green schools.
Categories: Procurement, Design guidelines, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
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Learning Studio Pilot Review

Presents results from a study involving five schools which developed a “learning hub of the future” composed of a learning suite of learning studios grouped around a shared learning area. The report presents feedback from users on the school two years after the learning hubs were constructed.
Categories: Strategic planning, Evaluation and assessment of design quality and learning outcomes
Country: New Zealand