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Research-Based Design can Improve Student Learning

In 2015, a study was conducted of 153 classrooms in 27 schools in order to identify the impact of the physical classroom features on the academic progress of the 3,766 pupils who occupied each of those specific spaces. The results of this study confirm the utility of 3 overruling principles in learning environment design: Naturalness, Individuality, & Stimulation.

Scholarly Article

The impact of classroom design on pupils' learning: Final results of a holistic, multi-level analysis; Barrett, Peter; Davies, Fay; Zhang, Yufan; Barrett, Lucinda


  • The study reveals a 16% impact of school design on 3766 pupils' learning rates.
  • An Environment-behaviour factors model is strongly validated.
  • 10 environmental factors of the classroom and 5 non-e factors are analysed.
  • The study uses multilevel statistical modelling for the nested situation.