CHILDREN’S PARTICIPATION AND BIOPHILIC DESIGN IN PRESCHOOL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Izmir University of Economics (TURKEY)
About this paper:
Conference name: 12th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-7 July, 2020
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:The aim of this study is to create a biophilia-based preschool education class design proposal through participatory design by giving a central role to the design process for children aged 2-6 who are educated in pre-school education institutions. Other aims of the study are to look at the connection of children with nature, to contribute to the formation of participatory approaches in creating biophilic learning environments, and offer a design proposal for these spaces. A case study was carried out at Bademler Montessori School in İzmir, Turkey, where observations, interviews and questionnaires were applied, and a participatory design workshop was conducted with ten children. According to the findings, a biophilic participatory approach model is presented considering the opinions of the students. The model is also combined with the Turkish Ministry of National Education regulations to enable a broader application. Lastly, design proposals for biophilic preschool learning environments are given in line with the results.
Keywords: Participatory design, biophilic design, preschool learning environments, Montessori, Turkey.