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Victorian Institute of Teaching. (N.D.) The Effect of the Physical Learning Environment on Teaching and Learning.

Research has shown that the physical environment of students learning environment does effect achievement. Significant improvements in the learning environment attributed to better attitudes for teaching and learning.

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Lippman, P. (2010) Can the Physical Environment have an Impact on the Learning Environment? OECD.

This report challenges traditional architectural designs for learning environments.  A  responsive design approach moves away from teacher centered learning and creates learning spaces that are conducive to social interaction and use of 21st century technology.

 

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Teacher Vision. Creating an Effective Physical Classroom Environment. Teacher Vision.

Every teacher knows that a safe, clean, comfortable, and attractive classroom can stimulate learning and help build a classroom community. For many teachers, setting up the physical environment of their classrooms can be a challenge, especially when faced with older buildings, crowded classrooms, and insufficient storage space. This guide helps teachers make the most of  classroom environment by carefully considering their own needs and the needs of their students.

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Shalaway, L. (2012). Classroom Organization: The Physical Environment. Scholastic.

This article argues that “well-run classrooms begin with the room’s physical layout — the arrangement of desks and working space, and the storage of materials and supplies.”  This article outlines strategies for effectively utilizing classroom space.