Seating and Popularity (12-30-14)

Researchers have uncovered a link between classroom seats and popularity that should motivate designers and teachers to develop new classroom configurations.  Van den Berg and Cillessen found via research with fifth and sixth graders that when children were unsystematically assigned to seats by their teachers “Children who sat closer to the center of the classroom were liked more. Moreover, classmates who sat closer together liked each other more and perceived each other as more popular.”   


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