ERIC Number: EJ705442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 17
Required Changes in the Classroom Environment: It's a Matter of Design
Burke, Karen; Burke-Samide, Barbara
Clearing House, v77 n6 p236 Jul-Aug 2004
The New York City Department of Education has recently set forth new mandates for the redesign of classrooms. Teachers must be taught how to redesign their classrooms correctly so that all students will be provided with the necessary space to accommodate their environmental learning-style preferences. By altering the classroom, teachers give some students the opportunity to work in formal areas--desks, chairs, and tables--and other students the chance to choose informal areas--couches, rugs, soft chairs, and so forth. Within the areas of every classroom, adaptations can be made for sound preferences, lighting needs, and temperature controls. Research findings pertaining to the environmental elements validate the importance of harmonizing individuals' learning-style preferences with congruent educational environments in all school systems. Students should not be expected to change their environmental preferences or to learn regardless of them. Instructional environments should be modified in accordance with individual needs and preferences.
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Lighting, Cognitive Style, Space Utilization, Classroom Design, Class Organization
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New York; New York (New York)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001