Classroom Designs Can Impact Learning Performance
Source: Annie Murphy Paul blog, Feb 2013
Classroom design can have a significant effect on students’ academic progress, reports Adi Bloom in the Times Educational Supplement:
… some of the environmental factors that influenced students’ learning:
- Classrooms that received natural light from more than one direction, and with high-quality electric lighting, benefited pupils.
- Design features that allowed pupils to feel a sense of ownership towards their classroom also helped them to learn.
- Comfortable—and larger—desks and chairs were an aid to progress.
- Pupils benefited from a range of activity zones within a single classroom, allowing different types of learning to take place at the same time.
- Other factors were found to have such a detrimental effect on learning—for instance, noise and temperature levels—that they rendered all other factors insignificant.
- While stimulation was important, so was a sense of order. ‘
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