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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Patrick Thomas Veigl (2021): Schul.Freiräume als Lern.Orte Ein landschafts- und freiraumplanerischer Vergleich von ausgewählten Bildungs- und Erziehungseinrichtungen unter Berücksichtigung pädagogischer Kriterien.
Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Landschaftsplanung (ILAP), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 172. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
School as a place of learning is of vital importance for children and teenagers; however, school grounds and their potential for teaching purposes have been previously neglected in Austria. The emergence of new pedagogical concepts have initiated a growing awareness of school grounds as crucial learning environments. Hence, this master’s thesis is based on the two master’s theses by Forsthuber and Huber from 2018, which similarly addressed the topic of school grounds in primary schools, and investigates school grounds of five new secondary schools in four states in Austria whilst taking into account the 14 design principles by the Austrian Institute for School and Sports Facilities Construction. In addition to the principle of the learning environment, the focus is laid on the principles of recovery, nature and environment. Furthermore, spatial surveys and interpretations of space were made and plans were drawn. In order to accumulate further information about school grounds and their use, interviews with principals were conducted and mental maps were drawn by students. A tabular analysis as well as a comparison of the case studies provides the basis for the discussion of the results. The findings have shown that all five school grounds already represent learning environments that are integrated into everyday school life. In particular, zoning, the separation of spaces into quiet and active areas and the existence of facilities are relevant. It has also been established in the course of this analysis, that school grounds are not only meaningful in terms of formal learning, but also concerning informal and social learning. The manifold offer with regard to a design close to nature, opportunities for withdrawal and open spaces accounts for the various demands of school grounds. The insights gained from this research project are finally discussed within the context of recommendations regarding planning for future projects.

Beurteilende*r: Damyanovic Doris

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