Characteristics of Landscape and Surrounding Qualities of Schools in Klang Valley
The conducive environment surrounding the schools could bring about positive impact or stimulation on the learning process and it could indirectly develop the students’ knowledge besides the students’ awareness of the nature. The motive of this project paper is to identify the types, characteristics and to evaluate the landscape quality of the schools in Klang Valley based on the location, level of schooling, types and the medium. For the said reason, secondary data were obtained from the official website of the Ministry of Education, Malaysia and primary data were collected through observation with the use of checklists on landscapes at 70 schools in the Klang Valley which was randomly picked from February until November 2012. The results of the research indicate that the surrounding landscape of the schools in Klang Valley has natural characteristics; a soft landscape with main species such as acacia trees, hibiscus plants and palms; man made landscape such as gazebo, fish pond and sculptures. Analysis indicates that the quality of the surrounding landscape differs according to location, level of schooling and type of schools. Urban schools rank the top in comparison to rural schools. Generally, the landscape of secondary schools are of better quality in comparison to that of primary schools; the landscape quality of boarding schools are better off in comparison to prime secondary schools followed by the nasional primary schools, the Chinese schools and Tamil schools. Quality landscapes help to develop the learning process, students’ knowledge and their awareness of the nature and surroundings.
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