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Master of Arts


Master of Education


In the past several years, large numbers of new elementary schools have been built according to open space plans. These buildings feature open areas with few. if any, interior walls.

Because of recency of the move toward open-space buildings, research efforts directed at assessing the impacts of these differences on pupils have been few. Attempts to make order of what little research has been done are hampered by a tendency of some researchers to confuse the terms " open space" and " open education".

The term open space refers to particular physical environment. The term open education refers to method of organizing educational experiences for youngsters within a physical environment. Because of its emphasis on children being able to move freely from area to area, open education seems to be easily managed in an open space school than in a school with self-contained classrooms. while this ease of management has resulted in open schools many open education programs, many highly structured, and traditional programs also are found in open space schools. these are no inevitable connections between open space and open education.


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