Improving the educational system has been a focus in the United States, but these reform efforts have not been as effective as intended. Educational transformation is the focus in one North Texas school district. The design of school facilities and impact of school design on reform efforts have not been extensively investigated. The current study examines and describes the process used by one school district to design an innovative elementary school and how components of the design impacted a change in behavior. Interviews were conducted with 19 members of the design committee, which included the design team, district administrators, and architects. Data collected from the interviews, as well as archival data, was entered into NVivo for Mac. The analysis revealed four overarching themes: collaboration, flexibility, sustainability, and school as a tool. These themes were evident in the design process, and in the design of the school. Data was also collected to describe the process used by the district to design the building, develop the curriculum and pedagogy used, and hire the administrators and educators for the campus. The process used design thinking to develop the design for the building. The result of the process was an award-winning innovative school building.
|Commitee:||Denison, Marilyn, Dugger, Neil, Lee, Sharon, Robbins, Rosemary|
|School:||Dallas Baptist University|
|Department:||Educational Leadership K-12|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education Policy, Education|
|Keywords:||Collaboration, Design thinking, Flexibility, School design, Sustainability, Transformation|
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