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Designing an outdoor learning environment for and with a primary school community: A case study in Bangladesh

Khan, M; Bell, S; McGeown, S; Silveirinha de Oliveira, E; (2017) Designing an outdoor learning environment for and with a primary school community: A case study in Bangladesh. Landscape Research Green open access

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Abstract

In Bangladesh, school grounds are usually barren areas devoid of any designed features. This study explored children’s, teachers’ and parents’ views of what would constitute an effective school ground for learning, socialising and play at primary schools in rural Bangladesh. Working within the theory of behaviour settings to design school grounds, several methods were applied: focus groups with children, teachers and parents, a drawing session with children and a child-led/teacher supported modelmaking workshop. The results suggest that children want to connect with nature, to explore their environment, to challenge themselves, to be physically active and to socialise with friends. They also wanted their school ground to be more attractive. The parents highly valued gardening whereas teachers preferred an area with loose materials where the children could learn by themselves. None of these ideas were mutually exclusive and the subsequent design was able to incorporate elements from all groups.

Type: Article
Title: Designing an outdoor learning environment for and with a primary school community: A case study in Bangladesh
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.asla.org/2017studentawards/334970.html
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: primary school ground; children’s preferences; learning; loose materials; teachers’ views; affordances; behaviour settings
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064294
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