The Impact of Physical Environment on Learning: Building Schools for the Future

It seems like we always forget to pay more attention to those minor yet crucial details that may have a greater impact on our personality,mood or attitude. You don`t have to know everything about Feng Shui to realize that every single thing in the room, the color of the walls or just the lighting may differently impact on your mood. Who likes to work in an environment when walls are  in dull,unpleasant colors, when there is a noise that won`t let you concentrate on your work, or the air is so stuffy that you hardly manage to stay in a room.

Well, if it`s not pleasant for you, why you think that children would feel comfy in  such an environment, moreover eager to learn and  engage in that process.It seems like we always put such a huge effort in designing a curriculum or  loading our students with homework assignments and all, but we never think of making the school, the classroom such a place where our students will always want to come back.


So what are the main important factors that more or less influence students behaviour and academic achievement?

Although the opinions of researchers are controversial  about  the connection of physical environment and academic performance,it`s commonly  supposed that lighting, color, noise, temperature, ventilation and air quality, also classroom arrangement  influence students` behaviour and thus academic performance. Therefore it`s very important to take all these factors into consideration when building a school or arranging the classroom, especially when you are dealing with little kids. Some practical suggestions will be to arrange desks and tables in a “horse shoe” shape so that students can interact and collaborate, or have brighter colors in case of younger learners, to have outdoor spaces, pavements, to reduce noise to minimum, etc.

Fortunately, that are are countries,like U.S or U.K that are making little steps towards realizing this kind of projects, however much work need to be done to have more dynamic and engaging classroom settings that will help to enhance learning.


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