Transforming Childrens' Spaces: Children's and Adults' Participation in Designing Learning Environments

Clark, Alison (2010). Transforming Childrens' Spaces: Children's and Adults' Participation in Designing Learning Environments. London: Routledge.

URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/97804154586...

Abstract

How can young children play an active role in developing the design of learning environments? What methods can be used to bring together childrena (TM)s and practitionersa (TM) views about their environment? What insights can young children offer into good designs for these childrena (TM)s spaces? With the expansion of early childhood education and the move to 'extended schools', more young children will spend more time than ever before in institutions. Based on two actual building projects, this book is the first of its kind to demonstrate the possibilities of including young childrena (TM)s perspectives in the design and review of childrena (TM)s spaces. Situated at the heart of the debate about the relationship between the built environment and its impact on childrena (TM)s learning and wellbeing, Transforming Childrena (TM)s Spaces: provides insights into how young children see their environment; discusses childrena (TM)s aspirations for future spaces; develops the 'Mosaic approach', pioneered by the author, as a method for listening to young children and adults. Emphasising the importance of visual and verbal methods of communication, this fascinating book demonstrates how practitioners and young children can articulate their perspectives, and shows how participatory methods can support new relationships between children, practitioners and architects. This book is essential reading for those who work in children's spaces and for those who design them as well as being of general interest to those studying education and childhood studies.

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