Title page for ETD etd-040399-115934

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Beacham, Cindy Viola
Author's Email Address
URN etd-040399-115934
Title Development of a Communication Tool to Support the Preschool Interior Design Process
Degree PhD
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Stremmel, Andrew J. Committee Chair
Billingsley, Bonnie S. Committee Member
Fu, Victoria R. Committee Member
Marshall-Baker, Anna Committee Member
Rogers, Cosby Steele Committee Member
  • design process
  • children
  • interior design
  • preschool environments
Date of Defense 1999-03-04
Availability restricted
This study was designed to investigate the need for a communication tool to support

child development professionals, design professionals, and parents in the preschool design

process. Guided by the theoretical perspectives of Gardner and Bronfenbrenner, this research

examined the need for a support tool in the design process, the format and content of such a

tool, and the evaluation of a tool developed using the data as an organizing structure.

The following research questions guided this study: (a) Is a tool or support document

needed to help educate and support communication between child development professionals,

parents, and design professionals in the early phases of designing a preschool facility?, (b)

What are the format and content issues that need to be addressed and included in developing

such a tool?, and (c) How would child development professionals, design professionals, and

parents comment on the usefulness of an educational/communication tool?

A multi-method data collection procedure was used to gather the data for the study. A

focus group was conducted to ascertain general information from child development

professionals, design professionals, and parents about their opinions and perceptions of the

design process as a result of their personal experiences. Following the focus group, 13

interviews were conducted with different individuals, but representative of the same three

populations. Upon completion of the interviews, the data were used as an organizing structure

for the writing of a communication tool to aid in the design process of preschool facilities. The

tool was then sent to 26 individuals for feedback using a questionnaire requesting responses

about the need, content, and format of the document.

The results of this study showed that a support tool that fostered greater communication

between child development professionals, design professionals, and parents was needed.

Responses to the focus group and interviews also indicated that the format of the tool should be

paper-based, or in book form, and that the themes identified in the responses should guide the

content of the tool. Questionnaire responses confirm that the tool developed was an

appropriate document that provided important information for the respondents.

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