The Physical Environment Of The Classroom Matters For Learning
The classroom environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25%, finds a new study:
“The research, by professors at University of Salford in Britain, was carried out in seven schools in the Blackpool area. Evaluations of 34 classrooms with differing learning environments and age groups took account of design parameters such as classroom orientation, natural light and noise, temperature and air quality, as well as use of color, flexibility of space, and storage facilities and organization.
The scientists concluded that 73% of the variation in pupil performance driven at the class level can be explained by the building environment factors measured in the study.
Current findings suggest that placing an average pupil in the least effective, rather than the most effective, classroom environment could affect their learning progress by as much as the average improvement across one year.
Peter Barrett, a professor at the University of Salford’s School of the Built Environment, said: ‘It has long been known that various aspects of the built environment impact on people in buildings, but this is the first time a holistic assessment has been made that successfully links the overall impact directly to learning rates in schools. The impact identified is in fact greater than we imagined and the Salford team is looking forward to building on these clear results.’” (Read more here.)
What about you? Do you feel that you, or your children or students, are affected by the physical environment in which they learn?