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dc.contributor.authorHussein, Hazreenaen
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-15T14:30:08Z
dc.date.available2019-02-15T14:30:08Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/34712
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dc.description.abstractThis study investigates the design and use of sensory gardens in two special schools by evaluating their functional zones and how they are utilized, especially by children with special educational needs, and the staff who care for them. Preliminary site studies were undertaken in fourteen sensory gardens around the UK, followed by more detailed data collection at two case -study sites. The research aim was to find out the behaviour settings and issues that are common in sensory gardens. The research data collection included in -depth interviews, observation and behaviour mapping, which was used in conjunction with affordance theory. Drawing on Moore and Cosco's methodology and approach (2007) in relation to inclusive parks, the findings from the data analysis discuss the researcher's main findings, based on the two case -study sensory gardens. There are two main findings: Firstly, the layout of the circulation network enables user behaviour and use of area. Continuous pathways that link the sensory garden to the site context, with easy access to the functional behaviour settings that are placed along it, have the highest number of users. Secondly, users spent a longer time in zones where sensory, rather than aesthetic value, were emphasised. These main findings have been translated by the researcher into a subset of design recommendations that will be applicable across the majority of sensory gardens, and will assist landscape architects when they are designing sensory gardens in the future.en
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.ispartofAnnexe Thesis Digitisation Project 2019 Block 22en
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dc.titleTherapeutic intervention: using sensory gardens to enhance the quality of life for children with special needsen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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