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Title: Planning for learning : an analysis of the components of a child's sustainable learning environment
Author: Reinecke, Mariam Berkeley
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis arises out of the need to identify the effect of the state of the environment on the development of the child. The aim of this research is to progress a step nearer towards identifying the source of the present ill-fitting relationship between man and the environment. The research focuses on primary school and kindergarten children, the environmental caretakers of the future. The research data emerged from an interactive process of participation, which gave the children a voice. The study focuses on the natural environment and on the built environment as scenes where learning takes place. A methodology for understanding the child's environmental perception was developed and applied to three case studies in Germany, involving children between the ages of three and nine years. A model of learning was developed explaining the relationship of the child to her environment and the mode by which knowledge is exchanged between these two. This was expanded to outline favourable and non -favourable conditions for learning. Subsequently, a set of variables for measuring the quality of the child's environment was developed. Recommendations were made concerning the content and methodology for planning external environments, and for a symbolic and subjective assessment of the environment, with and for children.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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