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Articles: Modernising Portugal’s Secondary Schools; New Zealand: Modernising Schools in a Decentralised Environment; Changing School Architecture in Zurich; US Academic Libraries: Today’s Learning Commons Model; Implications of Curriculum Reform for School Buildings in Scotland; Evaluating School Facilities in Brazil.
Education for all children, including those with special educational needs is now part of the global agenda of developing education for all.
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This report was prepared by the State University - Higher School of Economics under supervision and with support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation as an input to the OECD Thematic Review of Tertiary Education.
The proportion of capital spending within all education spending is still rising, according to the latest findings in the Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators – 2007 Edition. This piece of work analyses a range of data collected from different countries to inform policy makers.
The United Kingdom’s 15-year Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme aims to improve the fabric of school buildings and provide investment in information and communications technology, making up for chronic underinvestment in school buildings.
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Brazil’s São Paulo Metropolitan Region is conducting a performance evaluation pilot study at three schools serving disadvantaged populations. The objective is first to test methods which can facilitate Post Occupancy Evaluations and then to carry out the evaluations.
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To inform schools, the Ministry of Education provides numerous publications related to design and selected best practice samples via its website.
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The City of Zurich has revised its guidelines for designing school buildings, both new and old. The authors explain what makes up a good school building and provide a set of design recommendations.
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In March 2007, the Portuguese government announced an ambitious plan to modernise secondary schools by improving the quality and usefulness of its teaching and learning facilities, while putting schools back into the centre of the community of which they are an integral part.
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In 2007, the author examined existing academic libraries in the United States to determine best practices for the design, implementation and service of learning commons facilities.