|M.Sc Student||Diamant Rosa|
|Subject||The Kindergarten as a Part of the Child's Territorial Model|
in Isfiya and Kiriat Tivon
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Ms. Rachel Sebba|
The study is based on the hypothesis that children's living space is shaped by social factors and that children's behavior and attitudes are influenced by their surroundings.
It examines the relationships between the values of the culture in which children are raised and the design and organization of their territorial space in the kindergarten and at home.
The research objectives were to examine whether the uniform structure, which was designed as a kindergarten, is suitable for different populations and to identify expressions of culture and tradition so as to contribute to an improved physical design and attain a more culture-sensitive architecture.
The study investigated the physical spaces available to the children at the kindergarten and at home in two kindergartens in a Druze village as compared with two kindergartens in a Jewish town, using observations and interviews with the children and with their care-givers at the kindergartens and in the children's homes.
The main research findings showed that the kindergarten structures are similar in size, appearance, space, equipment and they are suited to their function.
Cultural differences were manifested in the place that the kindergarten occupies in the children's lives, and in the organization and interpretation of its space;
In the Jewish town, the kindergarten has a more significant place in the children's daily schedule than it does in the Druze village. However, in terms of organization, the "togetherness" aspect is more pronounced in the Druze village, both in the children's daily schedule and in the spatial organization of the kindergarten.