Monthly Archives: January 2013

Happy New Year! Now, let’s get back to some of the basics…

… like what physical attributes a school building has and how they affect the learning of a student.


Wired U.K.
I was reading this:

A study of school design has discovered that school layouts can influence a child’s development by as much as 25 percent — positively or negatively — over the course of an academic year.

The 751 pupils using 34 classrooms across seven primary schools in Blackpool were studied over the 2011-12 academic year by the University of Salford’s School of the Built Environment and architecture firm Nightingale Associates. Standardised data — such as age, gender and academic performance — were collected on each child at the start and end of the year, while each classroom was rated for quality on ten different environmental factors, such as orientation for natural light, shape, colour, temperature and acoustics.

The results, published in Building and the Environment, revealed that the architecture and design of classrooms has a significant role to play in influencing academic performance. Six of the environmental factors — colour, choice, connection, complexity, flexibility and light — were clearly correlated with grade scores.

See, there are some basic things that we can do in order to increase our success rates today. With the coming potential opportunity to build a new STEM school in northeastern Laval, we may have one heck of an opportunity to building a real school for the future.

Read the rest of the article here.




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