Researchers at Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center have found that exposing people to reddish light during the “post-lunch dip” can be advantageous. The “dip” is generally from 2 to 4 in the afternoon or 16-18 hours after bedtime the previous night. Mariana Figueiro and Levent Sahin conducted a study whose “results suggest that red light positively affects measures of alertness not only at night, but also during the day . . .
Applying design research makes it more likely that environments support educational programs.
Information collected by McGraw-Hill during its 2012 Green Schools Study indicates that there are significant benefits from greening schools. Researchers, who “looked at green in both new construction/major renovations and retrofits/operational improvements, “ and gathered information from school personnel, found that “Two-thirds report that their school had an enhanced reputation and ability to attract students to their green investments; 91% of K-12 schools and 87% of higher education state that their green schools increase health and well-being; 74% of K-12 and 63
New research suggests that people developing spaces that will be used by autistic people, for example, as classrooms, should insure that those areas are pet friendly. This might mean that there are places nearby for animals to stretch their legs or that the design supports small animals and their cages, perhaps through in-room water faucets.
Miller-Cochran and Gierdowski have learned that flexible classroom design cost-effectively supports composition (writing) classes. More specifically, when students are using their own laptop computers during class “in a flexible classroom, which included mobile furnishings, mobile whiteboards, and multiple LCD screens for projection . . . .
Researchers at Durham University explored the learning repercussions of multi—touch, multi-user desks. Their findings, derived “from a 3-year project working with over 400 pupils, mostly 8-10 year olds, show that collaborative learning increases both fluency and flexibility in maths. It also shows that using an interactive ‘smart’ desk can have benefits over doing mathematics on paper. Using multi-touch desks in the new classroom, the children were able to work together in new ways to solve and answer questions and problems using inventive solutions.
Adolescents seem to be chronically sleep deprived and new research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute provides information about how light in schools and homes can be used to counter that condition.
Thompson and his research team set out to learn about “the effect of background music on reading comprehension.”
Research recently completed by the Interactive Autism Network and lead by Dr. Paul Law, indicates that nearly half, of children with autism wander – or run- out of their homes, schools, etc., “and more than half of these children go missing.”
New studies in school design research are particularly applicable as teachers adapt more active forms of learning.