New research supports the concept that a well-designed learning environment improves academic performance. A new study released by the University of Salford in Britain, and UK architects Nightingale Associates, shows that well-designed classrooms can boost elementary school children’s performance by 25 percent. The group evaluated classroom environments, measuring natural light, noise levels, temperature, air quality and classroom orientation, and compared with student’s abilities in various subjects. In 34 classrooms tested, the researchers found that there was an 11-point average improvement in core subjects of well-designed classrooms compared with others.
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