Petting Zoos and Little Dark Spaces: Fantasy to Inform School Design

Bland, Derek (2016) Petting Zoos and Little Dark Spaces: Fantasy to Inform School Design. In Bland, Derek (Ed.) Imagination for Inclusion: Diverse Contexts of Educational Practice. Routledge, New York, NY, pp. 31-42.

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This chapter discusses two visual research projects, carried out with young Australian students, that explored imagined ideal learning environments through drawings. While some of the children’s artwork depicted wildly fantastic visions, they conveyed the hopes and wishes of the young learners in relation to school design. Through their drawings, the children made a strong statement about natural environments in preference to ‘stuffy and boring classrooms’. They also made a plea for places where they could explore their own imaginations as they learn in a variety of spaces and places that are fun and colourful, with access to nature and quiet areas for contemplation. In this, the Australian children’s ideal schools displayed strong similarities to the findings of projects in other parts of the world. Connections are made to the school gardens movement and it is suggested that children's imaginations can make positive contributions to the design of engaging learning environments.

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ID Code: 99535
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: imagination theory, primary students, school design, visual methods
ISBN: 9781138915985
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Derek Bland
Deposited On: 25 Sep 2016 23:57
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 22:58

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