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Journal Cover CELE Exchange, Centre for Effective Learning Environments
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   ISSN (Print) 2072-7925
   Published by OECD Homepage  [80 journals]
  • Managing the University Campus
    • Abstract: Managing contemporary campuses and taking decisions that will impact on those of tomorrow is a complex task for universities worldwide. It involves strategic, financial, functional and physical aspects as well as multiple stakeholders. This article summarises the conclusions of a comprehensive PhD research project which was enriched with lessons learned in the aftermath of a fire which destroyed the author's workplace. The replacement building allowed her to put her theories and concepts into practice.
      PubDate: 2012-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • Designing and Constructing an Exemplar Zero Carbon Primary School in the
           City of Exeter, United Kingdom
    • Abstract: Montgomery Primary School is the UK's first "zero carbon" in use and "climate-change-ready" exemplar school built to the Passivhaus standard. Its design and solar generating electrical power plant enable its electricity bill to be zero each year.
      PubDate: 2012-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • The Future of the Physical Learning Environment
    • Abstract: This paper presents the conclusions of a study, carried out in collaboration with schools in sixEuropean countries, which focused on tomorrow’s physical learning environments. It resulted inthe creation of a learning space model that is flexible, modifiable and sustainable while supportingthe teaching and learning processes.
      PubDate: 2011-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • Well-Being at School
    • Abstract: What is the impact of school infrastructure on the well-being of students in Flemish secondary schools' A study, commissioned by AGIOn (the Flemish agency that subsidises school buildings), investigated the impact of educational spaces on their users and set out to identify empirical evidence supporting the importance of school infrastructure on the well-being of students in secondary schools.
      PubDate: 2011-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • Enhancing the Early Childhood Development System in Yakutia (Russia)
    • Abstract: The Yakutia Republic is currently working to update its early childhood development (ECD) system.Its goal is to ensure a high quality environment for early learning and child care and to enablehigher enrolment levels.
      PubDate: 2011-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • High Performance School Buildings in Portugal
    • Abstract: In 2007 the Portuguese government launched a major school modernisation programme, and has taken steps to ensure the long-term sustainability of facilities. Projects now anticipate use by the broader community, allow for possible income-generating opportunities during the design phase and include custom-designed energy management systems.
      PubDate: 2011-12-01T00:00:00Z
  • Have all the Costs of Closing a School Been Considered'
    • Abstract: Many schools around the world are struggling in the face of reduced funding and fluctuatingenrolments. Often, the solution to this unhappy equation is quite simply to shut down facilities. Butwhen all the costs of closing a school are considered – financial, material and human – implementingthis policy calls for caution.
      PubDate: 2011-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • "Schools of the Future" Initiative in California
    • Abstract: This article provides an overview of the "Schools of the Future" initiative introduced in Californiain January 2011 by the newly elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.Its objective is to focus on the reform of the state school facility programme and to design highperforming,"greener" schools.
      PubDate: 2011-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • A Review of University Facilities in Turkey
    • Abstract: As a result of the massive growth of higher education in Turkey, the most pressing priority for thissector today is to meet the new space requirements for an increasing number of students. Nowa subject of public attention more than ever before, the second largest item of expenditure foruniversities is the construction of physical spaces. This article sets out the key trends and presentsthe findings of a questionnaire conducted in 2005.
      PubDate: 2011-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • Ireland's Generic Repeat Design Schools Programme
    • Abstract: The Irish Department of Education and Skills (DoE) is strongly committed to energy efficiency andto reducing CO2 by developing and implementing energy level ceilings in relation to school designthat aim to remain below half of the accepted good practice in the field. This approach workswithin normal departmental budgetary limits to create school buildings that are breaking groundfor building designers.
      PubDate: 2011-09-01T00:00:00Z
  • User Participation
    • Abstract: The Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI) has recently initiated a pilot project todevelop a new prototype school, involving users in the design phase. This is the first time in Koreathat users have been consulted on issues relating to school design.
      PubDate: 2011-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • Transforming Pedagogical Ethos into an Effective Learning Environment
    • Abstract: The world has been changing so fast that educational systems have not had time to keep pace. Wetherefore need to rethink, renew and modernise our schools, as well as develop a new educationalexperience for children. In order to do this, it is crucial that we devise a new approach to developingour educational systems. This article proposes a novel way of generating new ideas, based onempirical knowledge.
      PubDate: 2011-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • Making Visionary Design Work at Policy Level and in Practice
    • Abstract: Good architecture responds to contemporary challenges, irrespective of fashionable trends, andis characterised by rigorous building processes. Office buildings, housing, stadiums and theatresoffer outstanding examples of this principle. But do school buildings figure among them' Happily, inGermany they do, although they are still too rare. This article focuses on school building processesand raises the following questions: what sort of challenges will we meet in the future' Will a cultureof planning be sufficient to foster the emergence of modern and tailor-made learning environments'
      PubDate: 2011-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • The Kunskapsskolan ("The Knowledge School")
    • Abstract: Kunskapsskolan is a chain of independent secondary schools which functions as a comprehensiveplatform for personalised education, known as the Kunskapsskolan programme (KED). What isspecial about this programme is that students set their own objectives, work independently andare assessed against their personal academic goals.
      PubDate: 2011-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • Rebuilding for the Community in New Orleans
    • Abstract: The City of New Orleans is implementing an unprecedented plan for the systemic renovation and rebuilding of its schools and infrastructure. One of the cornerstones of the project was public involvement: more than 10 000 citizens were engaged in developing the plan. Its new schools will be but one element of global, far-reaching community programmes...
      PubDate: 2010-11-01T00:00:00Z
  • Can the Physical Environment Have an Impact on the Learning
    • Abstract: How can designers create more innovative and sustainable learning environments' This paper argues in favour of challenging best practice" generally accepted by the architectural profession by embracing a responsive design approach. Such an approach accepts that the environment shapes the learner, and that learners influence their environment...
      PubDate: 2010-11-01T00:00:00Z
  • How Intuitive Design in Schools Can Be Achieved by Engaging with the
    • Abstract: Through practical design projects, the Sorrell Foundation has demonstrated the advantages of involving children and young people as the main consumers of their school. It counts on good design to bring its customer to the forefront of the product; these in turn become better informed clients and understand the benefits that good design can have on their lives...
      PubDate: 2010-11-01T00:00:00Z
  • Alternative Education Spaces in Mexico
    • Abstract: This article explores the architecture of a network of education centres located in underprivileged communities in Mexico. The centres provide an environment conducive to learning through spaces that are sustainable, comfortable and secure...
      PubDate: 2010-11-01T00:00:00Z
  • A Gender Perspective on Educational Facilities
    • Abstract: This article explores the planning and design of educational facilities from a gender perspective, witha view to guiding future research and policy analysis.
      PubDate: 2010-07-01T00:00:00Z
  • Public School Revitalisation in Detroit
    • Abstract: One of the main problems facing big-city school districts in the United States is deteriorating andunderutilised school infrastructure. The Detroit public school district is attempting to tackle this issuewith an injection of federal funding and a comprehensive school facilities renovation plan. Moneyfrom a bond issue passed in November 2009 will be used to construct new replacement schoolbuildings and renovate existing ones to efficiently transform the school district and the city.
      PubDate: 2010-07-01T00:00:00Z
  • The Concept of "Educational Campus" and its Application in Spanish
    • Abstract: A university campus should reflect a commitment to quality and be dedicated to the intellectual,psychological and social development of its students. The "Educational Campus" is an innovativeconcept which espouses this concept and is designed to stimulate a process of modernisation inuniversities and contribute to their excellence.
      PubDate: 2010-07-01T00:00:00Z
  • Technology-Enabled Active Learning Environments
    • Abstract: This article examines the emergence of technology-enabled active learning environments and thereasons for their appearance. It explores three case studies and considers how effective they are inenhancing teaching and learning outcomes.
      PubDate: 2010-07-01T00:00:00Z
  • Space to Develop
    • Abstract: As Scotland moves ahead with both an ambitious school building programme and forward-thinkingeducational reforms, Bronwen Cohen explores the background to "Making Space 2010", an excitingdesign programme which aims to focus international vision on the importance of space.
      PubDate: 2010-07-01T00:00:00Z
  • The Impact of School Design on Academic Achievement in The Palestinian
    • Abstract: A recent research project aimed to gather first-hand data from school users as well as academic performance data from pupils. Researchers compared data obtained from users of new and site-specific schools to that of "standard" ones in order to show whether more attractive and site-specific designs have a positive effect on learning.
      PubDate: 2010-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • Developing International Campuses of Excellence in Spain
    • Abstract: In 2009 the Secretary General of Universities (SGU) of the Spanish Ministry of Education launched a new programme to foster the modernisation and internationalisation of Spanish university campuses. This initiative focused on teaching, research and aspects of technology transfer, but also developing the campus into an integral social model.
      PubDate: 2010-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • European Design Types for 21st Century Schools
    • Abstract: This article presents a critical overview of European school building design types, based on an analysis of morphologies and spatial layouts. The different design types are evaluated in function of specific didactic and social needs…
      PubDate: 2010-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • Flexible and Alternative Approaches to Providing School Infrastructure in
           Alberta, Canada
    • Abstract: Like many other jurisdictions, the western Canadian province of Alberta is seeking cost-effective and creative ways of providing school infrastructure that meets the needs of 21st century learning. Solutions are being found through the use of alternative financing and procurement arrangements and through innovative approaches to creating flexible school facilities...
      PubDate: 2010-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • OECD Review of the Secondary School Modernisation Programme in Portugal
    • Abstract: CELE has carried out its first review of a national school building programme, which aims to tackle the physical deterioration of the building stock, poor environmental standards in terms of energy performance...
      PubDate: 2010-04-01T00:00:00Z
  • Sustainability Innovation in United Kingdom Schools
    • Abstract: This article recommends approaches to take in designing sustainable educational environments. Theauthors present recent examples of UK school buildings that reduce carbon emissions and capitaliseon renewable energy sources, and predict how schools will respond to energy needs in the future.
      PubDate: 2009-11-01T00:00:00Z
  • Evaluating Quality in Educational Spaces
    • Abstract: CELE’s International Pilot Project on Evaluating Quality in Educational Spaces aims to assist educationauthorities, schools and others to maximise the use of and investment in learning environments. Thisarticle provides an update on the pilot project, which is currently being implemented in Brazil, Mexico,New Zealand, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
      PubDate: 2009-11-01T00:00:00Z
  • Monitoring the Quality of School Buildings in Belgium's Flemish Community
    • Abstract: In the course of 2008, the Flemish Agency for Infrastructure in Education (AGIOn) evaluated the quality of school buildings in Flanders using a monitoring system based on international experience. The results showed that most school buildings satisfy the basic requirements of habitability and safety, but they often fall short when it comes to the new pedagogical and social challenges of the 21st century.
      PubDate: 2009-11-01T00:00:00Z
  • Rebuilding Schools after the Wenchuan Earthquake
    • Abstract: Following the May 2008 earthquake in China, government officials visited the OECD, Italy and Turkeyto draw lessons from international experience in seismic safety.
      PubDate: 2009-06-01T00:00:00Z
  • Portugal's Secondary School Modernisation Programme
    • Abstract: The aim of the Secondary School Modernisation Programme, being implemented in Portugal by ParqueEscolar, EPE, is based on the pursuit of quality and makes Portuguese education a potential internationalbenchmark. This paper discusses the strategies adopted to reorganise school spaces. It describes theconceptual model and highlights the solutions proposed for libraries, science teaching spaces andmuseum units.
      PubDate: 2009-06-01T00:00:00Z
  • School Buildings in Today's Crisis
    • Abstract: To get a picture of the impact of the current economic and financial crisis on educational buildingprogrammes so far, the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) has been conductinga survey of member countries and regions. The survey focuses on three main issues: the impact ofthe crisis on publicly funded projects, the impact on projects funded by private finance initiatives orthrough a public-private partnership, and the extent to which the crisis has affected the constructionindustry’s ability to build schools.
      PubDate: 2009-06-01T00:00:00Z
  • San Diego's Capital Planning Process
    • Abstract: Capital planning for schools should include both qualitative and quantitative dimensions. And whilebuilding condition remains an important and necessary factor in short- and long-range facility planning,by itself it is not sufficient to reveal the full range of building performance issues or to guide decisionmaking and strategies for prudent capital investments.Functionality – sometimes referred to as "serviceability" or "fitness of purpose" – has to do with howschool buildings and sites support users’ activities. Its reference points are the owner’s operatingrequirements that represent the purposes and objectives for which the facility was originally designedand built, plus the many new functional requirements that have inevitably arisen over time (driven bysuch factors as enrolment growth or decline, grade reconfiguration, trends in curriculum, technologyor educational philosophy, and community uses). In terms of functionality, a school can have positiveattributes – it can be safe and secure, healthy and comfortable, cost-effective and environmentallysustainable, even uplifting and inspirational – or negative ones – it can be overcrowded or underutilised,dilapidated or obsolete, inefficient and expensive, or even dangerous. There is a welcome and growing body of literature on links between the functional quality of educationalbuildings and the academic performance of the students who occupy them. This research is alsoconsistent with new attention to the environmental aspects of schools, which are significant in termsof embodied pedagogy, the health and comfort of educators and learners, and, indeed, the long-termprospects for life on the planet.
      PubDate: 2009-03-01T00:00:00Z
  • An Australian Approach to School Design
    • Abstract: Contemporary education design strongly emphasises stimulating, adaptable learning environments,with spaces able to support various styles of teaching and learning. Delivering successful schoolbuildings requires a close collaborative relationship between the architect and all key stakeholdersfrom initial briefing through to project handover. The brief should identify the opportunities and challenges to create an exciting architectural solutionwhich is functional, aspirational and contextually responsible.The design should demonstrate adaptability and flexibility, maintainability, attention to siting, a cultureof community, and sustainability.The building programme and budget also require special attention.The photographs throughout this article show a variety of examples of educational facilities in Perth,Australia, across both the primary and secondary levels. They demonstrate the role architecture canplay in creating stimulating learning environments and communities of excellence.
      PubDate: 2009-03-01T00:00:00Z
  • Campania Region's Educational Quality Facilities Project
    • Abstract: Thanks to financing from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (2009-2013 Programme)and other Italian funding programmes, the Campania Region has begun a project to improve thequality of its school buildings, in partnership with the research centre CISEM of Milan.1 The EducationalQuality Facilities (EQF) project has a total budget of about EUR 600 million. The Campania Region willallocate the necessary funds to the municipalities and provinces for the construction and equipmentinvolved.
      PubDate: 2009-02-01T00:00:00Z
  • Including Pupils with Special Educational Needs in Schools in Ireland
    • Abstract: These guidelines offer information on space planning and design for school principals, boards ofmanagement and designers to make permanent learning facilities available for pupils with specialeducational needs across the 26 counties of Ireland. The guidelines reflect many of the recent changesin the country’s educational system, changes that have placed greater demands on schools for additionalspace to account for a growing range of teaching and support services for pupils with autistic spectrumdisorders, emotional disturbance and/or behaviour problems, speech and language difficulties, hearingimpairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment, and other needs.
      PubDate: 2009-01-01T00:00:00Z
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