At Kinnarps, we are convinced that it can. In a survey conducted by Demoskop, two thirds of teachers say that the physical environment is decisive or very important for their students' performance. In the report 'Clever Classrooms' by Peter Barrett, it was found that classroom design can increase students' knowledge development by up to 16% in a single year. The physical environment can make the daily work of both students and staff easier. A well-planned learning environment has health, performance and work efficiency benefits.
Through research, contact with teachers and other experts in the school world, as well as through our own experience, we know that children and young people learn in different ways. Some need peace and quiet, while others need the possibility for movement. In an inclusive learning environment, there is a variety of furnishings that support both individual and collaborative work. Students choose their space based on the task at hand, feel included and can develop on their own terms. By increasing knowledge of how the physical environment can promote goals, new learning environments can be built to support the work of teachers.
To learn how the physical environment affects learning, we contacted learning environment experts. They were tasked with drawing their ideal classroom and to argue their reasoning when it came to the interior design. We hope this will inspire you to consider how, by using different types of furnishing, you can support students with different needs and give them the best possible opportunities to learn. Some perspectives are recurring as individualised, active, holistic, security, overview and movement.
In our MAKE ROOM FOR LEARNING brochure, you can read interviews with experts in the school world, be inspired by the drawings of their ideal classroom and think about how your school could use the physical environment as a positive learning tool.