Environment and Children

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Routledge, Aug 31, 2007 - Architecture - 320 pages
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How does the built environment affect children - their health, their behaviour, education and development? To support them, what do we need to consider and what do we need to do? Can our surroundings foster environmental and social awareness and responsibility?

Based on Christopher Day's experiences designing schools and early childhood centres in the United States and Britain, this groundbreaking book sets out to answer these questions and to offer solutions.

Children all too often find themselves living in alien surroundings designed with the needs of adults in mind, cut off not just from the natural environment but also childhood itself. Society's reaction - to cocoon children from the outside world or to resort to drugs to control behaviour - fails to address the fundamental causes of problems which lie in the environment not the children themselves.

One of the world's leading thinkers on the impact of buildings on people, Christopher Day's insights offer new light on one of the most important issues for today's society.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
1
Environment for Children
2
Health Physical Developmental and Social
40
Environment as an Educational Aid
78
Places for Children
135
Environment for Children
168
Sustainability Lessons from Surroundings
205
Environment to Serve and Inspire
268
Bibliography
275
Index
282
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Christopher Day is Professor Emeritus at the School of Education in the University of Nottingham, UK.

Pam Sammons is a Professor of Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, UK.

Ken Leithwood is Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Policy at OISE/University of Toronto, Canada.

David Hopkins is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

Qing Gu, is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, University of Nottingham, UK.

Eleanor J. Brown is a Research Associate and PhD student in the School of Education, University of Nottingham, UK.

Elpida Ahtaridou is a Principal Researcher at LSN.

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