How learning spaces can boost academic performance

Researchers in the UK show that a well-designed physical learning space can increase student academic achievement in reading, writing and mathematics by 16%.

 Barret, P; Zhang, Y; Davies, F y Barret, L (2018)


The authors have conducted research at the University of Salford Manchester where they analyzed 153 classrooms in 27 schools across the UK, from small and remote schools to much larger suburban buildings on the outskirts of the London metropolitan area. This fieldwork aims to study the effect of classroom design on academic performance in 3,766 British children between 5 and 11 years old.

One of the main results has been the principles that should be used by both designers and teachers regarding the design of the educational space, such as:

  • Light
  • Air quality
  • Temperature
  • Sound
  • Link with nature
  • Flexibility
  • Property
  • Connection
  • Complexity
  • Colour

 Barret, P; Zhang, Y; Davies, F y Barret, L (2018)

I attached the research report, highly recommended reading:


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