Exploring Lived Experiences Of Users Of School Built Environments In The Ghanaian Context Of Basic Education

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ABSTRACT

School built environments (SBEs) are critical places of human experience.

Although disparities in teaching and learning opportunities exist in basic

education, it is unclear whether meanings of SBEs communicate to users

manifest these disparities. This study explored the lived experiences of SBE

users to understand how meanings communicated to them manifest inequality

of educational opportunities in the context of Ghanaian basic education. The

study collected verbal and visual data from ten participants purposively

sampled from two basic schools in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem

(KEEA) Municipality of the Central Region of Ghana. Hermeneutic

phenomenological analysis of the textual data included contrasting users’

experiences, messages, and meanings emerging from the conversational

interviews, close observation of physical spaces, and photographs of the SBEs.

Four main themes namely: physical, functional, psychosocial, and aesthetic

realities, emerged from the analysis to inform the central theme of realities of

being-in-the-world of SBEs. Participants’ lived experiences were described as

negative and positive. Besides, the SBEs communicated meanings of ‘neglect’

and ‘support’ to their users, which perhaps manifested inequality in

educational opportunities in the context of social democracy. The study

concludes that positive and supportive SBEs are more likely to enhance

teaching and learning opportunities and help users fulfil their aspirations than

negative and unsupportive SBEs. The results from this study deepen SBE

understanding and contribute to the extant SBE knowledge. However, further

research is necessary to strengthen the claim that users’ meanings of SBEs

manifest inequality of educational opportunities.

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APA

AGBEVANU, W (2021). Exploring Lived Experiences Of Users Of School Built Environments In The Ghanaian Context Of Basic Education. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/exploring-lived-experiences-of-users-of-school-built-environments-in-the-ghanaian-context-of-basic-education

MLA 8th

AGBEVANU, WISDOM "Exploring Lived Experiences Of Users Of School Built Environments In The Ghanaian Context Of Basic Education" Afribary. Afribary, 06 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/exploring-lived-experiences-of-users-of-school-built-environments-in-the-ghanaian-context-of-basic-education. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

MLA7

AGBEVANU, WISDOM . "Exploring Lived Experiences Of Users Of School Built Environments In The Ghanaian Context Of Basic Education". Afribary, Afribary, 06 Apr. 2021. Web. 22 Feb. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/exploring-lived-experiences-of-users-of-school-built-environments-in-the-ghanaian-context-of-basic-education >.

Chicago

AGBEVANU, WISDOM . "Exploring Lived Experiences Of Users Of School Built Environments In The Ghanaian Context Of Basic Education" Afribary (2021). Accessed February 22, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/exploring-lived-experiences-of-users-of-school-built-environments-in-the-ghanaian-context-of-basic-education