School as a place: A phenomenological method for contemplating school environments

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The study presents a phenomenologically based research procedure, whose intent is to examine people's school experience and the meaning they ascribe to 'school.' Participants in this investigative endeavor are instructed to sketch an 'ideal school,' present their plan in a visual-schematic manner, and provide an oral and written description of their design. Proposals are presented through a Location Task - a tool originally intended for use by architects in their routine work with clients. We discuss the rationale behind this procedure and describe the research tool and its application potential. Finally, we illustrate the data processing via the analysis of one proposal designed by a 17-year-old male student.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-470
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Learning environment
  • Phenomenology
  • Research methodology
  • Research tools
  • School planning
  • School space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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