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Designing an outdoor learning environment for and with a primary school community: A case study in Bangladesh

Khan, Matluba ORCID:, Bell, Simon, McGeown, Sarah and Silveirinha de Oliveira, Eva 2020. Designing an outdoor learning environment for and with a primary school community: A case study in Bangladesh. Landscape Research 45 (1) , pp. 95-110. 10.1080/01426397.2019.1569217

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In Bangladesh, school grounds are usually barren areas devoid of any designed features. This study explored children’s, teachers’ and parents’ views of what would constitute an effective school ground for learning, socialising and playing at primary schools in rural Bangladesh. Working within the theory of behaviour settings to design school grounds, several methods were applied: focus groups with children, teachers and parents, a drawing session with children and a child-led/teacher supported model-making workshop. The results suggest that children want to connect with nature, to explore their environment, to challenge themselves, to be physically active and to socialise with friends. They also wanted their school ground to be more attractive. The parents highly valued gardening whereas teachers preferred an area with loose materials where the children could learn by themselves. None of these ideas were mutually exclusive and the subsequent design was able to incorporate elements from all groups.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0142-6397
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 February 2020
Date of Acceptance: 14 October 2018
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 23:23

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