Schools as 3D Textbooks for Sustainability Education

Brkovic, Marta and Parnell, Rosie (2016) Schools as 3D Textbooks for Sustainability Education. In: Education, Space and Urban Planning: Education as a Component of the City. Springer, Wiesbaden, pp. 89-102. ISBN 9783319389974

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Some architects and researchers claim that sustainable school design can raise awareness of sustainability issues and stimulate children to explore the same, thus acting pedagogically as the 'third teacher'. However, existing design guidance explaining how to achieve sustainability in the school environment neglects this pedagogical potential. Studies delineating the ways in which school design might respond to education theories correspondingly encompass few sustainability issues. Identifying this gap, we searched the literature aiming to explain how the physical fabric of a sustainable school could provoke learning about sustainability, and on which pedagogical ideas these designs build. This paper critically reflects on the findings, drawing on relevant findings from a participatory post-occupancy study in a Spanish 'sustainable school' in order to establish principles and draw out messages that could be important for debates in the intersecting fields of school design and education. The findings are discussed under three core themes: good and healthy nutrition; celebrating cultural diversity; and managing the environment. It is concluded that in order to reap the pedagogical benefits of 'sustainable schools', the use of space needs to be choreographed through a collaborative development process with teachers and pupils.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable schools, the 'third teacher', built environment education, spatial pedagogy
Subjects: K100 Architecture
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 14:55
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 14:13

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