The SAGE Handbook of School Organization presents a substantial review of the history, current status and future prospects of the field of school organization. Bringing together chapters exploring key issues, important debates and points of tension, the Handbook highlights the dynamics and interplay of the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of the field. This volume is designed to provide a much-needed critically informed and coherent account of the field, against a backdrop of increasing complexity in which schooling as an institution and schools as organizations operate. Part I: Schools as organizations; Part II: The leadership, management and governance of schools as organizations; Part III: Theoretical perspectives on schools as organizations; Part IV: Organizing in schools; and Part V: Researching schools as organizations.
Chapter 34: The School Building as Organizational Agent: Leveraging Physical Learning Environments to Advance the Educational Enterprise
[Page 576]To improve education, we need to understand how to use all the tools at our disposal, and it can appear that the potential of the physical setting to enhance educational experiences and outcomes is being overlooked. This chapter interrogates this idea by engaging with the varied research evidence related to the importance of the school physical environment for education. We initially consider research that has examined the relationship between the quality of the school premises and educational outcomes together with experimental work that ...