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by John E. Nichols, Marguerite P. Burnham, Christine M. Heinig, Margaret MacFarland & Jessie Stanton — 1947

A school building exists for but one purpose—to serve as an instrument of the educational process. Its value is in direct proportion to the extent to which it makes a positive contribution to that process. Although it must be safe and healthful and comfortable for the habitation of children, these are attributes that belong to any building for public occupancy. They are attributes that should serve as only the basis for, and not the end of, planning. In the past we have been inclined to regard them as ends in themselves, placing too little emphasis on those aspects of a school building that distinguish it from all other buildings.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 46, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 48 Number 10, 1947, p. 247-280
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20331, Date Accessed: 12/10/2017 11:06:56 PM

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  • John Nichols

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    JOHN E. NICHOLS is an architect in West Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Marguerite Burnham
    State Teachers College
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    MARGUERITE P. BURNHAM is an Associate Professor of Education at the State Teachers College in New Haven.
  • Christine Heinig
    Child Development Two-to-Six Magazine
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    CHRISTINE M. HEINIG is the Editor of Child Development Two-to-Six Magazine.
  • Margaret MacFarland
    Mount Holyoke College
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    MARGARET MACFARLAND is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College.
  • Jessie Stanton
    Bank Street Schools
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    JESSIE STANTON is an education consultant at Bank Street Schools in New York.
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