The Quality of Overall Planning and its Influence on Overcrowding in Malaysian Preschools

Authors

  • Mariam Felani Shaari Centre of Studies for Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA Selangor, Puncak Alam, 42300, Malaysia
  • Sabarinah Sh. Ahmad Centre of Studies for Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA Selangor, Puncak Alam, 42300, Malaysia
  • Izaham Shah Ismail Centre of Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA Selangor, Puncak Alam, 42300, Malaysia.
  • Yazid Zaiki Non-Destructive Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Research Centre, Smart Manufacturing Research Institute, Universiti Teknologi MARA Selangor, Puncak Alam, 42300, Malaysia.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21834/ajebs.v6i18.383

Keywords:

preschool planning; preschool size; preschool overcrowding; children education.

Abstract

Overcrowding in Malaysian preschools is concerning and can be attributed to inadequate building size and poor planning. Sufficient space for learning activities is crucial for children's development. This study examines and proposes recommendations to improve the overall planning of 26 public Ministry of Education (MOE) preschools in Klang Valley. The Children’s Physical Environment Rating Scale was used to assess planning aspects including building size, indoor activity spaces, classroom enrolment, and modules. Most assessed MOE preschools lacked space and the average quality of overall planning was rated Fair. Recommendations are hoped to promote better planning for public preschools in Malaysia.

Keywords: preschool planning; preschool size; preschool overcrowding; children education.

eISSN 2514-751X © 2021. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by E-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer-review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians/Africans/Arabians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21834/ajebs.v6i18.383

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Published

2021-09-04

How to Cite

Shaari , M. F. ., Sh. Ahmad , S. ., Ismail , I. S. ., & Zaiki, Y. . (2021). The Quality of Overall Planning and its Influence on Overcrowding in Malaysian Preschools. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, 6(18), 63-77. https://doi.org/10.21834/ajebs.v6i18.383

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