school space

31 December 2006

This research is based on the thesis that exists a close relationship between the location and internal layout of space given over to any specific school activity and the nature, importance and conception of each. In brief, this article applies this general thesis to a specific school space (the principal's office) and a certain type of school (the graded one).

Bearing in mind the relationships that likewise exists between the genesis and the diffusion of the graded school in Spain throughout the XXth century, and the genesis and consolidation of the figure of principal at the primary education, this research aims to analyse the relation- ships that have existed between physical location of the principal's office and the different conceptions of the nature, role, and functions of the post of principal, a key aspect of the school organization.



Key words: Headship, School space, Graded school, School architecture, Building schools, School organization.

31 December 2006

This paper deals with the surroundings of the school, which are described as the outside space of the school institution but closely related to the children's experiences due to their role of schoolchildren. Its aim is not the ethnographic description of what happens in those surroundings, but to take those events into account in order to reflect on their importance in relation to the different conceptions of what schools are and must be.

The paper has two different parts, preceded by an introduction and followed by an epilogue. At the first part, the surroundings of the school are considered as peculiar spaces of autonomy and for transgression. At the second part, different pedagogical actions schools have carried out on their surroundings are discussed.



Key words: school space, school environment, playing truant, school absenteeism, school desertion, city of children.