ERIC Number: ED447687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
A Synthesis of Studies Pertaining to Facilities, Student Achievement, and Student Behavior.
Lemasters, Linda Kay
This study examines the research on the extent school facilities influence student achievement and behavior. Fifty-three studies conducted since 1980 were synthesized that included the independent variables of noise, facility age, color, lighting, maintenance, density, climate conditions, and classroom structure. Data suggest that all the independent variables have an affect on student achievement and behavior. Additionally, the literature indicates that student attitudes and behaviors improved when the facility improves or is congruous with the facility needs for the instructional program. The study also discusses the theoretical model developed by Cash (1993) that explains the relationship between the condition of the school and student achievement and behavior. Using this model as a reference, implications for practice that need to be considered by educators and researchers are discussed, including leadership; funding needs; maintenance; and the attitudes of parents, faculty, and students. Appendices list the descriptors used in the database search, the review of research form, the measurement of dependent variables, and notes for educators and architects. (Contains 82 references.) (GR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.