Therefore, after going through or reviewing the 5 sources, there were some common issues that were raised and discussed. The underlying topics are Impact of interior design on kindergartens through the use of technology which can be discussed in further details.
Dependency of Early Childhood Education on interior space
The quality design and space organization is an important factor in the support of pre-school children educational activities. Pre-school is an important stage in the early childhood development. It is during this stage that the children begin to learn the social aspect of the environment. Therefore, based on this various strategies were discussed that could influence their social environment. The interior design strategies for elementary school settings were discussed in varying lengths and found to have a potential to influence the learning and development required for the children. The design of a stone house in the states provided an example of a classroom setting and its influence on the growth and learning among the young children. Therefore, visual, tactile, and auditory services are very significant in learning and thus it needs to be considered in the design of building for the kindergartens. There are many students and teachers in the United States and other parts of the world who are trying to move along with inadequate, out of date buildings and deteriorating interiors (Kaup, Kim & Dudek, 2013).
Technology is an important factor in the design of classroom especially during this era of globalization. There is need for the kindergarten facilities to be updated, according to MEXT (2010) Ministry of education, culture, science and technology in Japan, provided the guidelines for designing Kindergarten facilities to keep the pace with the social changes that can allow the children meet an environment for learning and success. For example, the design of kindergarten equipment for the installation of information systems in computerized form is important for widening the children’s horizon and effective learning. Therefore, for the development of the cognitive ability of the children, the school needs to have equipment that is able to support the learning of children. According to Tondeur and the co-authors in the role of interior design for educational settings, a schematic study using 115 classrooms within the 12 schools performed showed that technology is relevant for the design of the classroom for the effective performance of the children. This is because a child’s mind is very active, needs ample space and new designs which they can recognize and learn. Therefore, the interior design should be done in accordance with the modern technology (Thomson, 2013).
There is a connection between the performances of the children with the interior design of the classrooms. From the readings, it is clear that classroom design has an effect on the behavior of the children and hence the performance. It is important to make an improvement on both the physical and technological designs of the classroom. The technological design is responsible for making technology available in and out of the classroom and an ample space that is flexible enough to meet the requirement of the children. The physical modification would involve designs such as color selections, layout, and furniture. The analysis of the five resources indicates that classroom design has an impact on the performance of the children, classroom engagement, and to enhance the overall experience for the children in the classroom and their teachers. There are also important aspects of design such as visual, tactile, and auditory services that are very significant in learning and thus it needs to be considered in the design of building for the kindergartens. Moreover, it is very important for the schools to ensure that the interior of the classrooms have adequate materials that are appealing to the eyes of the children, have some temperature control systems and regulators, and also technological charts that to allow the children cope with the social structures. Therefore, it is important for the school owners to consult the designer who are able understand cognitive ability of the children.
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MEXT (2010). A Collection of Exemplary Design of Kindergarten Facilities. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology – Japan
Thomson, C. (2013). THE CLASSROOM PARADIGM: DESIGN IN A TECHNOLOGY- DRIVEN ERA. Interior Design Program at Digital Commons, University of Nebraska, 4(2), 41-55
Tondeur, J.; De Bruyne, E.; Van Den Driessche, M.; McKenney, S.; Zandvliet, D. (2015). Planning to learn: the role of interior design in educational settings. Cambridge Journal of Education, 45(4) 537-556