School Design: Researching Children’s Views
A review of literature on school design suggested there is a gulf between children and designers. Children’s voices are perhaps the most important and need to be given full consideration; however there are difficult challenges for academics and practitioners and policy makers in determining which methods are appropriate for listening to their views and ensuring their effective participation. Drawing on the findings of this study, this paper aims to provide guidance for involvement of children in the school design process for the 21st century. A number of research methods were used and the views of pupils (aged 5-7) in two infant schools in England were gathered. Visual methods proved especially effective qualitative methods for small scale research with children of 5-7 years, although the children aged 6-7 years also showed the capacity to write a brief record of their views. This paper presents a number of children’s voices and reveals that children are capable of articulating their views about their school environment.