Pupil involvement in classroom (re)design: Participatory ergonomics in policy and practice

A. Woodcock, J. Horton, O. Den Besten, P. Kraft, M. Newman, P. Adey, M. Kinross

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Abstract

Over the last decade, UK policy interventions relating to children, young people and education have made pupil participation in the (re)design of school environments a key imperative. Indeed, pupil participation is an explicit, core ideal of major, ongoing school (re)construction and (re)design programmes. Pupil involvement in decision-making is - ostensibly - central to this commitment. This paper will present preliminary findings from a project exploring the possibilities for - and the present state of - pupil involvement in classroom (re)design and ergonomic decision-making. Through in-depth qualitative data drawn from pupils, school staff, Local Authority officers and other stakeholders we explore the relationships, and tensions, between the ideals of participatory ergonomics as expressed in national policy statements and the way such participation occurs in practice. These data suggest that the ideal of pupil participation may, in practice, be foreclosed by contingencies, budgets, issues, debates, personalities and events at grassroots level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics 2009
EditorsPhillip Bust
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages453-461
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780429206757
ISBN (Print)9780415804332
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
EventAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society on Contemporary Ergonomics 2009 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Apr 20091 Apr 2009

Publication series

NameContemporary Ergonomics 2009

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society on Contemporary Ergonomics 2009
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period1/04/091/04/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Woodcock, A., Horton, J., Den Besten, O., Kraft, P., Newman, M., Adey, P., & Kinross, M. (2009). Pupil involvement in classroom (re)design: Participatory ergonomics in policy and practice. In P. Bust (Ed.), Contemporary Ergonomics 2009 (pp. 453-461). (Contemporary Ergonomics 2009). Taylor and Francis.