A review of the scope of scientific studies relating indoor environment and student performance
Davies, Hilary and Lee, Heidi 2007, A review of the scope of scientific studies relating indoor environment and student performance, in ANZAScA : Towards Solutions for a Liveable Future: progress, practice, performance, people. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association ANZAScA, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic., pp. 70-75.
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ANZAScA : Towards Solutions for a Liveable Future: progress, practice, performance, people. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association ANZAScA
Coulson, James Schwede, Dirk Tucker, Richard
Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science Association Conference
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In 2006-7 the Australian government will invest $9.3 billion in state government and nongovernment educational facilities (DEST 20061). One area of particular interest to both government and school designers is maximising this investment through providing students with healthy and productive indoor learning environments. The lack of post-occupancy evaluations carried out in schools (Lackney 2001) means that designers are reliant on “best practice” indoor environment quality guidelines developed primarily from scientific studies. The problem with scientific evaluation is that often the complexity of the influences upon student performance is simplified in order to gather information, rather than necessarily providing a more holistic and realistic explanation of any improved outcomes. This paper examines the scope of various studies of classroom indoor environment qualities that have thus far contributed to current understanding of their impact on student learning outcomes. The review demonstrates the lack of comprehensive research into the full range of influences on student performance and offers a better understanding of the limitations of knowledge about indoor environment qualities. This information provides valuable input to research development and post-occupancy evaluation that can better integrate the full range of influences upon students of school facilities and test the assumptions made about “best practice”.
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Field of Research
129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
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