Research reveals profound impact of learning environment conditions on performance

Creative project developer, Kickstarter today announced the findings of its Learnometer research report. The report explores and measures the optimal environmental conditions for learning.


Following a week in which children have been sitting the new maths, reading, spelling and grammar tests, the research project highlights the effects of various conditions, including temperature, CO2 volume, noise and sound on the performance of students.


The research, carried out over a number of months, invited schools to measure their own learning environments, while the Kickstarter team measured over fifty examination rooms across the world.


Professor Stephen Heppell, project leader and professor at Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University, said, “The research clearly identified that various conditions have a profound impact on performance. The results show how these conditions can unfairly skew the outcome of children’s hard work. In so many cases they will perform below their best, simply because the environment they are in is damaging to their performance. It can be compared to trying to run 100 metres in heavy boots”.


He continues, “It was fascinating to see so many teachers’ shock to realise from their own data gathering, why groups of children are disengaged, not concentrating, or underperforming.


“As we approach GCSE and A level exams, it is time to give everyone the best chance possible. This isn’t currently happening.”


The Kickstarter team calls on all education environments to apply the findings to their own test and exam rooms.


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