Abstract

Over the last decade, UK policy interventions relating to the (re)design of schools have stressed the importance of pupil participation in programmes such as Building Schools for the Future, Academy Schools, and Primary Capital Funding. A two year project was conducted to explore the possibilities for, and present state of, pupil involvement in classroom (re)design and design decision-making. Through in-depth qualitative data drawn from pupils, school staff, Local Authority officers and other stakeholders, the relationships and tensions between the ideals of participatory design as expressed in national policy statements and the ways in which such participation is happening in practice was investigated.

Keywords:

Participatory Design, Schools, Children, Ergonomics

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Jul 7th, 12:00 AM

Pupil Participation in School Design

Over the last decade, UK policy interventions relating to the (re)design of schools have stressed the importance of pupil participation in programmes such as Building Schools for the Future, Academy Schools, and Primary Capital Funding. A two year project was conducted to explore the possibilities for, and present state of, pupil involvement in classroom (re)design and design decision-making. Through in-depth qualitative data drawn from pupils, school staff, Local Authority officers and other stakeholders, the relationships and tensions between the ideals of participatory design as expressed in national policy statements and the ways in which such participation is happening in practice was investigated.

 

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