ERIC Number: ED177739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
The Physical Environment and the Learning Process. A Survey of Recent Research. Research Report Series, Institute for Social Research.
King, Jonathan; Marans, Robert W.
The purpose of this report is to review and critically analyze recent research on the relationship between the behavior of individuals and their educational environments. Its intent has been to concentrate on studies dealing with the academic achievements of children in nontraditional settings. The first part of the report describes the approach taken in conducting the search of pertinent literature and the procedures used for organizing the material. The second part presents a brief summary of the research findings within the major organizational categories (nontraditional instructional space, school size, space and density, climate, lighting, acoustics, color, and miscellaneous) and, for each, outlines recommendations for studies that might be undertaken in the future. In the third section, the information gaps in the entire body of research are identified, and approaches to future research on the impact of educational settings on human behavior are discussed. The final section contains abstracts of the most salient research identified by the review. A conceptual index referencing relational concepts, persons studied, and educational settings is included. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Annotated Bibliographies, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Influences, Environmental Research, Learning Processes, Nontraditional Education, Open Plan Schools, Physical Environment, Research Needs, Research Reviews (Publications)
Architectural Research Laboratory, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 ($6.00 plus $1.00 postage and handling)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Architectural Research Lab.; Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Survey Research Center.