The school - a vital part of society
The school has played a central role in our society for a long time. Traditionally, there has been a dialogue between architecture, pedagogy and the ideals of society regarding the school’s design. From the mid-nineteenth-century little school, where the teacher were close to the children, living upstairs from the lecture room, to the early 20th century teachings with a clear hierarchy, placing the teacher high above the children – both in society but also physically in the class room.
The schools and learning ideals has since evolved, reflecting the developments in society. Something Malin Valsö, together with her co-author psychologist Frida Malmgren, has explored in their book. They reflect about the impact of the physical learning environment in schools, mapping different areas of improvement.