The Teaching Green School Building: a framework for linking architecture and environmental education

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TitleThe Teaching Green School Building: a framework for linking architecture and environmental education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsCole, LB
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Volume20
Issue6
Pagination836 - 857
Date Published2014/11/02/
ISBN Number1350-4622
Keywordsarchitecture, green schools, informal learning, place-based environmental education, school building as teaching tool
AbstractThe ‘Teaching Green School Building’ is an emergent type of school building that attempts to engage building users with environmental issues in buildings. Architectural interventions in these buildings range from signage to interactive touch screens to gardens and demonstration kitchens that foster educational programmes about sustainable food. The result can be a building that offers informal education, support for formal environmental education, and, overall, a chance for students to embody sustainable living in their daily lives at school. To date, this type of building has been weakly theorized, and the relationship between architectural interventions and environmental education largely unexplored in the literature. This literature review weaves together theories that connect the physical environment with human factors. In particular, research in environmental education, museum studies, conservation psychology and architecture illuminates ways in which buildings can support environmental education and with tactics that go well beyond the convention of informational signage on the wall. The result of the literature review is a framework that points to design patterns that extend from passive to active, individual to collective, and formal to informal. This framework can inform the design, use and evaluation of school buildings designed with pedagogical intent.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2013.833586