Vasquez and colleagues studied children’s (their sample was kindergarteners, 3.5 – 6.6 years old) classroom design preferences. They determined that “young children can differentiate lighting needs according to the activity performed. Visual contact with the view seen through the classroom window was important to the children, with a higher preference for natural views. . . . the children preferred the classroom with open curtains. . . . most of the children enjoyed looking out of the window, without any difference related to gender or age.
Van Liempd, Oudgenoeg-Paz, and Leseman studied links between childcare center design and kids’ (aged 6 months to 6 years old) behavior.
Pulay and Williamson investigated the response of pre-K students to LED (light emitting diodes) and fluorescent lighting in classrooms.
Ulset and her research team investigated links between time spent outside and cognitive development.
Children and adults respond in different ways to their environments.
Noise levels that are just right
Design can increase kid's activity levels
Applying design research makes it more likely that environments support educational programs.
Appropriate school design has a significant influence on learning and the satisfaction of teachers and students with educational environments.
Several recent studies have assessed best practices for school design, particularly design that encourages students to exercise.