Classroom design is left to the mercy of teachers. Maps, paintings, posters, the walls fill up over time, with the passing years. But how does this influence the pupils’ concentration levels? Can it draw their attention away from their work?
Have you ever seen the walls of a classroom stay empty? Often, the walls are decorated with posters or world map, paintings, and so on. Yet a study shows that there is a direct link between classroom decoration and pupil attention levels.
A test was carried out. Two groups of 24 pupils aged 2 to 6 followed the same lessons on new subjects. One group was placed in a room devoid of any decoration, the other group was placed in a decorated room. The result was clear, the students in the decorated room lose their concentration much more quickly. They score much lower on the assessment test, with 55% of correct answers compared to 42%.
However, the scientists behind this study make it clear that it is not necessarily a reason to remove all decoration from the walls. A middle ground needs to be found, but other studies are necessary to find the right balance.
Classroom layout also influences the attention of pupils:
The layout of a classroom evolves over time. Dynamic teaching is becoming more widespread, encouraging collaborative work among students.
This is what has prompted the development of the 3.4.5. Program.
The 3.4.5. school tables encourage interaction between pupils. The shape of the top of this school table makes it possible to quickly and easily create groups of 3, 4 or 5 pupils, a more traditional classroom layout, a U-shaped, linear or individual layout, etc.
The 3.4.5. Program is a modular and edgy school furniture range, design by C+B Lefebvre, a french design agency, for IA France
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