Post occupancy evaluation of primary schools in Saudi Arabia

Sana Omari, Andree Woodcock

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    The physical school environment has been shown to be important in helping children fulfill their academic potential and in providing appropriate working conditions for staff. However, few tools have been developed that enable multi stakeholder consultation which takes into account the opinions of young students. In Saudi Arabia there has been widespread investment in schools, but few guidelines have been provided to assist design or continuous evaluation. A Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) method was developed and used to evaluate three international primary schools in Saudi Arabia. The methods identified weaknesses in the three schools and differences in responses from the three groups consulted (children, teachers and parents). Conclusions drawn from the study are that greater efforts need to be made to draw together research about how school facilities can support teaching and learning, increase effectiveness and levels of satisfaction. POE, when used in conjunction with checklists could be used as a means of driving up standards of educational facilities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)881-887
    Number of pages7
    Issue numberSUPPL.1
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2012


    • Educational ergonomics
    • schools

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Rehabilitation
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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