Research conducted at the University of California, Davis, indicates that the temperature and air quality in K-12 classrooms may be degrading students’ ability to learn.
Managing background noise also vital
Khan, McGeown, and Bell studied primary school learning environments in Bangladesh.
Research recently published in PLoS ONEindicates that holding some classes outdoors can be a positive experience for both teachers and students.
Neuroscientists have thoroughly researched how school design affects educational outcomes, teacher performance, and user wellbeing. Applying their findings makes learning a more productive and pleasant experience—even when recess is not an option.
Places where children feel safe
Mostafa has written a classic article on how design can support the wellbeing of people on the autism spectrum.
Tallis and teammates looked into relationships between the number of trees near schools and the academic test scores of elementary school students.
In the last few years (2017 – 2019), a number of important and practical neuroscience-based studies of effective school design have been published and several significant design-related resources have been developed.
Important new resource, free to all