Environmental Matters: A Study Connecting the Ancient Principles of Fang Shui with the Challenge of Creating an Aesthetically Pleasing Classroom
Perry, Jennifer J.
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Research has shown that the physical classroom environment has critical effects on the behaviors, attitudes, and performances of both teachers and students in secondary education. However, there are various perspectives on what the physical classroom environment includes and how teachers should approach the topic. Schools have few guidelines for how the classroom should be utilized; thus, the teacher is left to design their classroom in any way they choose. Without guidelines set forth by the schools and with little unity in the research, teachers often design classrooms that send unintentional spatial messages or inhibit the goals ofthe classroom. To avoid such problems, teachers must develop their environmental competence and understand the implications of the physical environment of their classrooms. These problems, therefore, are not the result of poor behavior; instead, the stem from the influence of the environment on behavior and attitudes.