TITLE

Let Kids Help Design Their Schools

AUTHOR(S)
Robison, Rita
PUB. DATE
November 1978
SOURCE
Education Digest;Nov1978, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p58
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses teaching teamwork, cooperation, and relevant skills to the students. Like pied pipers of architecture, experts Allan and Barbara Anderson have left a trail of projects built and designed by children across White Plains, New York. At Rosedale Elementary School, 70 pupils analyzed, designed, budgeted, and built a new school lobby, a classroom quiet-study area, a sculpture garden, and an overnight shelter. All this activity is the result of an architect-in-residence program, similar to an artist-in-residence program. Funded partly by the district and partly by the National Endowment for the Arts, the program includes in-service training of teachers so they may continue to "teach architecture" after the architects depart. The program serves as an ideal curriculum integrator for all pupils. Architecture cuts across all the disciplines like math, science, art, English, and social studies. The program allows children to make practical, relevant applications of the skills they are taught. It motivates them to learn these skills and gives them a systematic, problem-solving approach to learning.
ACCESSION #
18976282

 

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