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Contributions of school design to adolescent identity formation : case studies of four Australian secondary schools

Abbasi, Neda 2013, Contributions of school design to adolescent identity formation : case studies of four Australian secondary schools, Revue internationale d'education sevres, vol. 64, pp. 133-145.

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Title Contributions of school design to adolescent identity formation : case studies of four Australian secondary schools
Author(s) Abbasi, Neda
Journal name Revue internationale d'education sevres
Volume number 64
Start page 133
End page 145
Total pages 13
Publisher Centre International d'Etudes Pedagogiques
Place of publication [Paris, France]
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1254-4590
Keyword(s) school design
physical learning spaces
adolescent identity formation
individuation
social integration
developmental exploration
Summary The paper presents a summary of the study that examined the relationship between school design and adolescent identity formation. Reviewing theories and empirical studies of identity development, three major processes involved in adolescent identity formation were identified: (1) separation or individuation process, (2) social integration or relational connectedness, and (3) developmental exploration. Two key characteristics of schools that support these identity formation processes were proposed: (1) having a supportive environment addressing needs for individuation and social integration, and (2) providing opportunities for developmental exploration. Implications of these characteristics for school design were studied through a review of research and practices of learning space design. Four secondary schools in Australia which represented an innovative approach to learning space design were then examined to provide insights into these design-related implications and better understand issues and challenges associated with them. The paper concludes with proposing five design principles which supports adolescent identity development through contributing to processes involved in identity formation.
Language eng
Field of Research 120101 Architectural Design
120103 Architectural History and Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060862

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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