PUBLICATIONS:  Research and philosophies from Outdoor Classroom Design

 Master's Thesis:  


Current educational research demonstrates the significance of learning that takes place outside of the classroom, not simply for reinforcing that which we learn in school, but for establishing patterns of motivation and curiosity that enrich our lives for years to come (Bell, et al 2009). This research and critique thesis examines the interplay between learning environment and learner, with the intention of informing the design of informal spaces for education. Lessons learned from empirical research in education and museum design are combined with an analysis of the abundant but less scrutinized literature in landscape architecture. This literature review generates a list of Principles of Educative Design, useful for the creation of learning spaces across many venues and offering general strategies for engaging the mind, sparking curiosity and inviting investigation.

 Educative Landscapes:  Informal Learning and Landscape Architecture


 Learning happens as a series of actions or activities, building knowledge through a cycle of repetition, experience and experimentation. Each of the five facets in this learning cycle represent activities that landscape architects, architects and planners could support through careful and intentional design of space and infrastructure. (Figure by author, informed by Kolb 1984 and Bell et al. 2009)

Our role is flexible as consultant or coordinator depending upon the needs of your PTSA or community group.  Contact us with inquiries about how to proceed with your outdoor classroom project!