School buildings have a remarkable effect on how students learn and teachers teach

Published on: 
30 Jun 2015

Research supports our knowledge of how schools affect:

  • How students hear: Trying to determine what their teacher is saying, through excessive reverberation and background noise from equipment, can distract students and make it harder to concentrate on learning materials. Learn more about the impact of acoustics on learning.
  • How students breathe: Clean, fresh and abundant indoor air is essential to students’ health and their ability to learn new information. Learn more about the impact of indoor air quality.
  • How students see: Access to daylight affects hormone production and other chemical processes in the body that impact how alert and ready to learn students are. Additionally, long distance views, such as those from classroom windows, are well known to keep eyes healthy and prevent eyestrain. Learn more about the importance of daylight and views.
  • How students feel: Students who are comfortable in their classrooms, not too hot or too cold, can concentrate on learning. Learn more about the impact of thermal comfort on classroom learning.
  • How students think and learn: All of the environmental factors in a classroom affect how a student takes in and retains information and how well a teacher can effectively communicate with his or her students. Learn more about how research has drawn this connection.
  • How students move: As the U.S., along with other countries such as the UK and Mexico, confronts an obesity epidemic among people of all ages, the way we build schools and where we locate them can encourage or discourage physical activity among students, teachers and staff.

Learn more about physical activity and school buildings