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Behavioural analysis of three schoolyards in Riyadh during recess

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posted on 10.01.2022, 12:22 by Qusai AnteetQusai Anteet
The research investigates socio-spatial practices in Saudi public primary schools. Three spatial mapping methods were used during recess: behavioural mapping, circulation patterns and floor plan annotations (Sanoff, 1991; Zeisel, 2006). Behavioural mapping visualises the positions of school users at specific periods. Circulation patterns illustrate the movement flows of students and staff to explore the school management protocols spatially. Floor plan annotations provide commentary on the observed activities such as playing or doing collaborative work and spotting human behaviours of the school community that are associated with their perception of the built environment and interaction with it.

The maps derive from a PhD study concerned with the alignment of learning environments, architectural programming/briefing, and educational aspirations in Saudi Arabian public primary schools. The research is undertaken at the University of Melbourne. All research activities were approved by the Saudi Ministry of Education and have adhered to the ethical approval protocols by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne (Ethics ID: 1852874.1).


King Saud University