Johnson and Jabbari link the overt presence of school security systems to lower academic performance. Their findings indicate that “In response to the continued reoccurrence of school shootings, policymakers have increased surveillance measures to ensure safer learning environments. . . . these surveillance measures may have increased the capacity of schools to identify and punish students for more common and less serious offenses, which may negatively impact the learning environment. . .
Optimize Learning Outcomes
Van der Groen and colleagues link sensory experiences and learning outcomes. They share that “Transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) is a non-invasive electrical brain stimulation method that is increasingly employed in studies of human brain function and behavior, in health and disease. tRNS is effective in modulating perception acutely and can improve learning. . . .
Focus on outdoor spaces
Spaces for learning need to be carefully designed and managed—our brains perform much better in some places that others and our tired heads need opportunities to refresh if they’re going to continue to develop knowledge and skills. Applying what neuroscientists have learned about design-learning connections makes “lessons” more productive and positive experiences more likely.
Brill and Wang tie higher in-classroom noise levels to degraded ability to math test scores among students in grades 3, 5, 8, and 11.
Well-being hub solutions
A research team lead by Claesen confirms the value of greenery near elementary school buildings.
Recently completed research confirms that teachers understand that classroom design influences learning outcomes.
Learning is a complicated operation for our brains—design can ease the process, however, whether you're studying at an elementary school or in a corporate learning suite. Applying what neuroscientists know about how design can support learning makes it a more productive and positive experience—even when recess is not an option.