Physical environments have a significant influence on the development of children.
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Students respond to the attractiveness of their school’s environment, engaging in less tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol use and truant behavior.
Kumar and his colleagues comprehensively examined the relationship between problem behavior (truancy, cigarette use, etc.) by middle and high school students and physical characteristics of their schools.
The design of the physical environment determines how successfully men and women can repeat a behavior they have learned.
The National Summit on School Design, sponsored by the American Architectural Foundation and the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, developed several concrete suggestions for improved school design.
More often than not, the outdoor environment of a senior ‘retirement’ community is ignored and people focus on the attributes of a building's interior. However, the activities that can be offered on the outside of a building are almost limitless, constrained only by the imagination, and not by a person's age.
Exposure to blue light enhances working memory.
Students who are educated in Montessori classrooms, where children are more active, learn more effectively.
Children with ADHD concentrate better when they can hear white noise.
Environment-behavior specialists have learned a great deal about the optimal design of spaces for learning.