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Educational Spaces and the ‘Whole Child’: A Spatial History of School Design, Pedagogy and the Modern Australian Nation


Healy, S and Darian-Smith, K, Educational Spaces and the Whole Child': A Spatial History of School Design, Pedagogy and the Modern Australian Nation, History Compass, 13, (6) pp. 275-287. ISSN 1478-0542 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1111/hic3.12237


This article combines perspectives from architectural history, educational history and social history to examine the development of Australian schooling in the 20th century, with a particular emphasis on the period following World War II to the 1970s. In these decades, there was increased interest in Australia and internationally in pedagogical approaches that embraced the development of the ‘whole’ child, and fresh ideas about the design of schools and classrooms, including specialised facilities, that emphasised the importance of space and place to learning. This article surveys the relevant if disparate historiography of education and design and provides an overview of the Australian school in the post-war period. It argues for greater historical recognition of the relationships between school design and pedagogy for understanding the history of educational policy and the experiences of schooling in modern Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:123363
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-01-03
Last Modified:2018-03-22

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