CELE Exchange, Centre for Effective Learning Environments

2072-7925 (online)
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CELE Exchange, formerly PEB Exchange, is the journal of the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE). It addresses issues related to providing a quality educational infrastructure in a cost-effective way. Innovative and environmentally sustainable design, asset management, school safety, and campus development are some of the themes covered.

CELE Exchange informs its readers – educators, policy makers, architects, managers and others concerned with schools and universities – of international events, recent publications and research, member countries' experiences and OECD activities promoting the efficient planning and management of educational facilities.

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  N° 2011/07   01 Sep 2011 Click to Access: 
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"Schools of the Future" Initiative in California
Kathleen Moore
This article provides an overview of the "Schools of the Future" initiative introduced in California in January 2011 by the newly elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. Its objective is to focus on the reform of the state school facility programme and to design...
  N° 2010/10   01 July 2010 Click to Access: 
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A Gender Perspective on Educational Facilities
Sara Lång
This article explores the planning and design of educational facilities from a gender perspective, with a view to guiding future research and policy analysis.
  N° 2011/06   01 Sep 2011 Click to Access: 
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A Review of University Facilities in Turkey
Selcen Altınsoy
As a result of the massive growth of higher education in Turkey, the most pressing priority for this sector today is to meet the new space requirements for an increasing number of students. Now a subject of public attention more than ever before, the second largest item of expenditure...
  N° 2010/11   01 Nov 2010 Click to Access: 
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Alternative Education Spaces in Mexico
Chloe Gray
This article explores the architecture of a network of education centres located in underprivileged communities in Mexico. The centres provide an environment conducive to learning through spaces that are sustainable, comfortable and secure...
  N° 2009/03   01 Mar 2009 Click to Access: 
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An Australian Approach to School Design
Leigh Robinson, Taylor Robinson
Contemporary education design strongly emphasises stimulating, adaptable learning environments, with spaces able to support various styles of teaching and learning. Delivering successful school buildings requires a close collaborative relationship between the architect and all key...
  N° 2009/02   01 Feb 2009 Click to Access: 
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Campania Region's Educational Quality Facilities Project
Giorgio Ponti
Thanks to financing from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (2009-2013 Programme) and other Italian funding programmes, the Campania Region has begun a project to improve the quality of its school buildings, in partnership with the research centre CISEM of Milan.1 The...
  N° 2010/13   01 Nov 2010 Click to Access: 
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Can the Physical Environment Have an Impact on the Learning Environment?
Peter C. Lippman
How can designers create more innovative and sustainable learning environments? This paper argues in favour of challenging best practice" generally accepted by the architectural profession by embracing a responsive design approach. Such an approach accepts that the environment shapes the...
  N° 2012/01   01 Apr 2012 Click to Access: 
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Designing and Constructing an Exemplar Zero Carbon Primary School in the City of Exeter, United Kingdom
Arthur Tatchell
Montgomery Primary School is the UK's first "zero carbon" in use and "climate-change-ready" exemplar school built to the Passivhaus standard. Its design and solar generating electrical power plant enable its electricity bill to be zero each year.
  N° 2010/04   01 Apr 2010 Click to Access: 
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Developing International Campuses of Excellence in Spain
Màrius Rubiralta, Luis Delgado
In 2009 the Secretary General of Universities (SGU) of the Spanish Ministry of Education launched a new programme to foster the modernisation and internationalisation of Spanish university campuses. This initiative focused on teaching, research and aspects of technology transfer, but also...
  N° 2011/12   01 Dec 2011 Click to Access: 
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Enhancing the Early Childhood Development System in Yakutia (Russia)
Jure Kotnik, Tigran Shmis
The Yakutia Republic is currently working to update its early childhood development (ECD) system. Its goal is to ensure a high quality environment for early learning and child care and to enable higher enrolment levels.
  N° 2010/03   01 Apr 2010 Click to Access: 
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European Design Types for 21st Century Schools
Alessandro Rigolon
This article presents a critical overview of European school building design types, based on an analysis of morphologies and spatial layouts. The different design types are evaluated in function of specific didactic and social needs…
  N° 2009/09   01 Nov 2009 Click to Access: 
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Evaluating Quality in Educational Spaces
Hannah von Ahlefeld
CELE’s International Pilot Project on Evaluating Quality in Educational Spaces aims to assist education authorities, schools and others to maximise the use of and investment in learning environments. This article provides an update on the pilot project, which is currently being implemented in...
  N° 2010/02   01 Apr 2010 Click to Access: 
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Flexible and Alternative Approaches to Providing School Infrastructure in Alberta, Canada
Allison Matichuk
Like many other jurisdictions, the western Canadian province of Alberta is seeking cost-effective and creative ways of providing school infrastructure that meets the needs of 21st century learning. Solutions are being found through the use of alternative financing and procurement arrangements...
  N° 2011/08   01 Sep 2011 Click to Access: 
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Have all the Costs of Closing a School Been Considered?
Michael Lytton
Many schools around the world are struggling in the face of reduced funding and fluctuating enrolments. Often, the solution to this unhappy equation is quite simply to shut down facilities. But when all the costs of closing a school are considered – financial, material and human –...
  N° 2011/09   01 Dec 2011 Click to Access: 
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High Performance School Buildings in Portugal
Graça Fonseca Jorge, Marta Marques da Costa
In 2007 the Portuguese government launched a major school modernisation programme, and has taken steps to ensure the long-term sustainability of facilities. Projects now anticipate use by the broader community, allow for possible income-generating opportunities during the design phase and...
  N° 2010/12   01 Nov 2010 Click to Access: 
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How Intuitive Design in Schools Can Be Achieved by Engaging with the Consumer
Tom Doust
Through practical design projects, the Sorrell Foundation has demonstrated the advantages of involving children and young people as the main consumers of their school. It counts on good design to bring its customer to the forefront of the product; these in turn become better informed clients...
  N° 2009/01   01 Jan 2009 Click to Access: 
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Including Pupils with Special Educational Needs in Schools in Ireland
Eamonn Greville
These guidelines offer information on space planning and design for school principals, boards of management and designers to make permanent learning facilities available for pupils with special educational needs across the 26 counties of Ireland. The guidelines reflect many of the recent...
  N° 2011/05   01 Sep 2011 Click to Access: 
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Ireland's Generic Repeat Design Schools Programme
Tony Sheppard
The Irish Department of Education and Skills (DoE) is strongly committed to energy efficiency and to reducing CO2 by developing and implementing energy level ceilings in relation to school design that aim to remain below half of the accepted good practice in the field. This approach...
  N° 2011/02   01 Apr 2011 Click to Access: 
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Making Visionary Design Work at Policy Level and in Practice
Frauke Burgdorff
Good architecture responds to contemporary challenges, irrespective of fashionable trends, and is characterised by rigorous building processes. Office buildings, housing, stadiums and theatres offer outstanding examples of this principle. But do school buildings figure among them? Happily,...
  N° 2012/02   01 Apr 2012 Click to Access: 
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Managing the University Campus
Alexandra den Heijer
Managing contemporary campuses and taking decisions that will impact on those of tomorrow is a complex task for universities worldwide. It involves strategic, financial, functional and physical aspects as well as multiple stakeholders. This article summarises the conclusions of a comprehensive...
  N° 2009/08   01 Nov 2009 Click to Access: 
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Monitoring the Quality of School Buildings in Belgium's Flemish Community
Geert Leemans
In the course of 2008, the Flemish Agency for Infrastructure in Education (AGIOn) evaluated the quality of school buildings in Flanders using a monitoring system based on international experience. The results showed that most school buildings satisfy the basic requirements of habitability and...
  N° 2010/01   01 Apr 2010 Click to Access: 
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OECD Review of the Secondary School Modernisation Programme in Portugal
Alastair Blyth
CELE has carried out its first review of a national school building programme, which aims to tackle the physical deterioration of the building stock, poor environmental standards in terms of energy performance...
  N° 2009/06   01 June 2009 Click to Access: 
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Portugal's Secondary School Modernisation Programme
Teresa V. Heitor, José M. R. Freire da Silva
The aim of the Secondary School Modernisation Programme, being implemented in Portugal by Parque Escolar, EPE, is based on the pursuit of quality and makes Portuguese education a potential international benchmark. This paper discusses the strategies adopted to reorganise school spaces. It...
  N° 2010/09   01 July 2010 Click to Access: 
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Public School Revitalisation in Detroit
Christin Cave
One of the main problems facing big-city school districts in the United States is deteriorating and underutilised school infrastructure. The Detroit public school district is attempting to tackle this issue with an injection of federal funding and a comprehensive school facilities renovation...
  N° 2009/07   01 June 2009 Click to Access: 
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Rebuilding Schools after the Wenchuan Earthquake
Following the May 2008 earthquake in China, government officials visited the OECD, Italy and Turkey to draw lessons from international experience in seismic safety.
  N° 2010/14   01 Nov 2010 Click to Access: 
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Rebuilding for the Community in New Orleans
Steven Bingler
The City of New Orleans is implementing an unprecedented plan for the systemic renovation and rebuilding of its schools and infrastructure. One of the cornerstones of the project was public involvement: more than 10 000 citizens were engaged in developing the plan. Its new schools will be but...
  N° 2009/04   01 Mar 2009 Click to Access: 
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San Diego's Capital Planning Process
Michael Lytton
Capital planning for schools should include both qualitative and quantitative dimensions. And while building condition remains an important and necessary factor in short- and long-range facility planning, by itself it is not sufficient to reveal the full range of building performance issues or...
  N° 2009/05   01 June 2009 Click to Access: 
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School Buildings in Today's Crisis
Alastair Blyth
To get a picture of the impact of the current economic and financial crisis on educational building programmes so far, the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) has been conducting a survey of member countries and regions. The survey focuses on three main issues: the impact...
  N° 2010/06   01 July 2010 Click to Access: 
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Space to Develop
Bronwen Cohen
As Scotland moves ahead with both an ambitious school building programme and forward-thinking educational reforms, Bronwen Cohen explores the background to "Making Space 2010", an exciting design programme which aims to focus international vision on the importance of space.
  N° 2009/10   01 Nov 2009 Click to Access: 
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Sustainability Innovation in United Kingdom Schools
Wayne Head, Richard Buckingham
This article recommends approaches to take in designing sustainable educational environments. The authors present recent examples of UK school buildings that reduce carbon emissions and capitalise on renewable energy sources, and predict how schools will respond to energy needs in the future.
  N° 2010/07   01 July 2010 Click to Access: 
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Technology-Enabled Active Learning Environments
Kenn Fisher
This article examines the emergence of technology-enabled active learning environments and the reasons for their appearance. It explores three case studies and considers how effective they are in enhancing teaching and learning outcomes.
  N° 2010/08   01 July 2010 Click to Access: 
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The Concept of "Educational Campus" and its Application in Spanish Universities
Pablo Campos Calvo-Sotelo
A university campus should reflect a commitment to quality and be dedicated to the intellectual, psychological and social development of its students. The "Educational Campus" is an innovative concept which espouses this concept and is designed to stimulate a process of modernisation...
  N° 2011/11   01 Dec 2011 Click to Access: 
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The Future of the Physical Learning Environment
Marko Kuuskorpi, Nuria Cabellos González
This paper presents the conclusions of a study, carried out in collaboration with schools in six European countries, which focused on tomorrow’s physical learning environments. It resulted in the creation of a learning space model that is flexible, modifiable and sustainable while...
  N° 2010/05   01 Apr 2010 Click to Access: 
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The Impact of School Design on Academic Achievement in The Palestinian Territories
Mohammed Matar, Imad Brighith
A recent research project aimed to gather first-hand data from school users as well as academic performance data from pupils. Researchers compared data obtained from users of new and site-specific schools to that of "standard" ones in order to show whether more attractive and site-specific...
  N° 2011/01   01 Apr 2011 Click to Access: 
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The Kunskapsskolan ("The Knowledge School")
Odd Eiken
Kunskapsskolan is a chain of independent secondary schools which functions as a comprehensive platform for personalised education, known as the Kunskapsskolan programme (KED). What is special about this programme is that students set their own objectives, work independently and are assessed...
  N° 2011/03   01 Apr 2011 Click to Access: 
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Transforming Pedagogical Ethos into an Effective Learning Environment
Jens Guldbaek, Hanna Bohn Vinkel, Mie Guldbaek Broens
The world has been changing so fast that educational systems have not had time to keep pace. We therefore need to rethink, renew and modernise our schools, as well as develop a new educational experience for children. In order to do this, it is crucial that we devise a new approach to...
  N° 2011/04   01 Apr 2011 Click to Access: 
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User Participation
Sun-Young Rieh, Jin-Wook Kim, Woong-Sang Yu
The Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI) has recently initiated a pilot project to develop a new prototype school, involving users in the design phase. This is the first time in Korea that users have been consulted on issues relating to school design.
  N° 2011/10   01 Dec 2011 Click to Access: 
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Well-Being at School
Katrien Cuyvers, Gio De Weerd, Sanne Dupont, Sophie Mols, Chantal Nuytten
What is the impact of school infrastructure on the well-being of students in Flemish secondary schools? A study, commissioned by AGIOn (the Flemish agency that subsidises school buildings), investigated the impact of educational spaces on their users and set out to identify empirical evidence...
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