Academic journal article Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies

Management of Facilities in the Classroom

Academic journal article Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies

Management of Facilities in the Classroom

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Abstract

As skeleton is to a person, so are facilities, or the school plant necessary for the realization of result-oriented teaching and learning. This chapter discusses management of facilities in the classroom, which bring about in the learner desirable change in behaviour through critical thinking. The paper highlighted classroom and types of classroom, facilities needed in the classroom, provision/management of facilities in the classroom, approaches/methodologies for facilities management, information communication technology and suggested remedies to promote effective maintenance of facilities in classroom management. The study is significant to all stakeholders in education. The pupils/students benefit as proper management of facilities will make learning environment conducive and also instill in the students the skill of maintenance. The teachers benefit because management of facilities is very essential in the effective coordination of activities in the classroom. If facilities are properly managed in the classroom, it minimizes cost to parents, as well as to the government. The study contributes immensely to knowledge and the existing literature because researchers are exposed to information and strategies for managing classroom facilities. Management of facilities to a greater extent boosts the standard in the education sector. ICT as learning and teaching resource gives reason to greater problem solving and critical thinking. Conclusion was drawn and possible revision questions were asked.

Keywords: Management, Facilities, Classroom, ICT, students.

INTRODUCTION

Education is universally acknowledged as a veritable instrument for socio-economic transformation. It is seen as a panacea for addressing underdevelopment and a practical means of improving the welfare of individuals (Ogbonna, 2005). This explains why nations the world over accord priority attention to education in their development plans. School planning (Classroom being the unit of School) starts and ends with the pupil. The building should be designed to satisfy the pupils/students physical and emotional needs. His physical needs are met by ensuring a safe structure, adequate sanitary facilities, a balanced visual environment, a satisfactory acoustical environment, and sufficient shelter space for his work and play. His emotional needs are met by creating pleasant surroundings, a friendly atmosphere, and an inspiring environment (Knezevich, 1975). This humanistic., pupil-oriented approach to school planning and construction, view design and equipment as means of enhancing the pupil's learning and comfort.

As skeleton is to a person, so are facilities or the school plant necessary for the realization of result- oriented teaching and learning (Okon & Sule, 2006) in the classroom.

Furthermore, Asiabaka (2008) maintained that the primary purpose of the teaching/learning process is to bring about in the learner desirable change in behaviour through critical thinking. This process nevertheless cannot take place in a vacuum but rather in an environment structured to facilitate learning. Classroom is the nucleus of this learning environment.

The environment of an organization is described as all elements relevant to its operation which include direct and indirect action elements (Stoner, Freeman and Gilbert (1996). School facilities as well as classroom facilities, constitute the major components of both direct and indirect action elements in the environment of learning. The direct action elements are the instructional materials that facilitate teaching and learning while the indirect learning components are the academic support facilities that make the school environment conducive for teaching and learning. A direct relationship exists between the quality of school/classroom facilities provided and the quality of the products of the school. The availability of facilities in the classroom determines the tone of a school and acts as a propellant in the attainment of its objectives/goals. …

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