Does school have to repeat a year?

Topic area
Basic services, Leader, municipalities

Disaggregation level
Education & lifelong learning

Project region

Local Action Group (LAG)
LAG Lebens.Wert.Pongau

LE– Programming Period
LE 07–13

Project period

Project initiator
Gemeinde Bad Hofgastein

LE 07-13 information

Themenbereich (Untergliederung): Leader (Bildung)
LAG (lokale Aktionsgruppe): Lebens.Wert.Pongau
Maßnahme: M413 - M322

Short description

The project “Does school have to repeat a year” illustrates by means of a reference class how significantly a cheerful, appropriate environment influences the social and learning behaviour of students and increases their acceptance of the working place. This reduces also the interest in vandalism. For what you like you will not break. Rooms can become more flexible and it should be possible to adapt and modify them where necessary.

Point of departure

Learning requirements for students are continuously rising, but the infrastructure of schools lags behind. Our children – and also our teachers – spend their schooldays and learning time in classrooms which, with but few modifications, could be made more apt for studying. The rigid learning spaces and learning systems cause resignation and discontentedness among teachers/parents and students.

Targets and target groups

The essential content of the project is the exemplary or model configuration of a positive, appropriate, ergonomic – and thus humanitarian – learning environment in a classroom. It is a proven fact that a positive, attractive learning environment contributes significantly to improving knowledge transfer.
In this context, design does not only mean to produce colourful walls or a new floor covering and to paint the ceiling, but to view the room in its entirety – starting from light conditions, the geographical situation, the cubature and the climate of the room through to the purpose which the room is to serve and the USER STRUCTURE, as the most important component in the project.
Floor, walls and the ceiling are therefore to be seen as three of the many design instruments in the framework of a project and not just as constructional measures.

Project implementation and measures

Basic research, development of a spatial concept – research, planning products, implementation of the spatial concept in a classroom of the “Hauptschule” of Bad Hofgastein, public relations, final presentation.