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This report summarises current research in health and environmental sciences, planning policy, legislation and standards, sustainability education, and innovative design trends. Its purpose is to inform future research into student thermal comfort and cooling solutions for schools in Western Sydney and NSW.
This paper examines what can be understood as the ‘night-time economy’ (NTE). It builds on background research by the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) to inform planning for social infrastructure and the review of Territory Plan policies for commercial centres and zones. It considers...
This report outlines a systematic review of evidence that different learning environments have an impact on student learning outcomes. This review investigated how researchers measure changes in academic outcomes attributed to changes to both primary and secondary schools learning environments.
The policy platform of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Labor Party as it heads to the state election on 24 November 2018.
While relocatable, prefabricated learning environments have formed an important component of school infrastructure in Australia, prefabrication for permanent school buildings is a new and emerging field. This review of prefabrication for schools is timely. In 2017, Australia’s two largest state education departments committed to prefabrication...
There is limited evidence to support the idea that making physical changes to classrooms boosts learning outcomes. The reason for this is schools are complex places.
The Solomon Islands Government (SIG) is committed to achieving universal access to education up to year nine level by 2015. However, the Solomon Islands experienced a period of ethnic tension followed by civil conflict and a breakdown in governance in 2006. This unrest, in conjunction...
This report demonstrates that well-designed primary schools boost children’s academic performance in reading, writing and maths. It includes practical advice for designers and teachers.
This study assessed 153 classrooms in 27 schools in order to identify the impact of the physical classroom features on the academic progress of the 3766 pupils who occupied each of those specific spaces.
An explosion in the number of high-rise apartments across our capital cities is dramatically driving up student enrolments, resulting in "jam-packed" public schools. Too many students and not enough classrooms. How did government's get it so wrong?