Designing Learning Environments- More Then Just Furniture
It used to be that when people talked about classroom environments conducive to learning, they were talking about a room with comfortable seating, good lighting and a reasonable temperature. While these factors still have some value, there is much more to a good learning environment than physical comforts.
Webster’s Dictionary offers a definition of environment as, ”the circumstance or conditions surrounding one”. Educators have taken into account the physical conditions conducive to learning to the extent that teachers are evaluated on their room environment. It is only recently that educators are starting to look at the psychological aspects of a good learning environment. Some of these aspects include;
These aspects of a good learning environment are starting to get notice and are being implemented in some private and charter schools. Unfortunately from what I have observed, it will take awhile for the public schools to catch on. Why? ...well that’s another paper.