ERIC Number: ED470979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Do School Facilities Affect Academic Outcomes?
This review explores which facility attributes affect academic outcomes the most and in what manner and degree. The research is examined in six categories: indoor air quality, ventilation, and thermal comfort; lighting; acoustics; building age and quality; school size; and class size. The review concludes that school facilities affect learning. Spatial configurations, noise, heat, cold, light, and air quality obviously bear on students' and teachers' ability to perform. Needed are clean air, good light, and a quiet, comfortable, and safe learning environment. The review asserts that this can be and generally has been achieved within the limits of existing knowledge, technology, and materials; it simply requires adequate funding and competent design, construction, and maintenance. (Contains 134 references.) (EV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Acoustics, Building Design, Class Size, Educational Facilities Design, Environmental Influences, Lighting, Literature Reviews, Physical Environment, School Buildings, Ventilation
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, Washington, DC.