Space utilisation in educational settingsBy Chloe Davis, Senior Design Manager
The physical environment in which students learn is just as important as the curriculum they are taught. A well-designed space can have a significant impact on student engagement, motivation and learning outcomes. Furthermore, a versatile environment supports flexible teaching methods for both students and teachers.
This involves designing classrooms, libraries, common areas and other educational spaces to be flexible, adaptable, and multifunctional. By making efficient use of available space using modular furniture, movable walls, and other design elements, schools can create versatile learning environments that can be easily reconfigured to suit different activities or teaching styles.
Additionally, maximizing the use of natural light and incorporating greenery and other biophilic elements into classroom design has been shown to enhance student well-being and promote positive learning outcomes. Ultimately, the maximisation of space in educational settings allows schools to make the most of their resources while providing students with a safe, comfortable environment that supports their academic success.
A well-designed space can create an atmosphere that promotes positive emotions and encourages learning. Colours, lighting, and furniture all play a role in creating an environment that is conducive to learning. Brighter colours can create energy and excitement while calming colours promote relaxation and focus. Additionally, natural light has been shown to improve overall mood, reduce stress levels, and increase productivity.
“By considering factors such as colour scheme, lighting sources, furniture placement and incorporating versatile elements, we’re able to create spaces that enhance our students’ abilities both physically and mentally.”
Versatile environments allow teachers to adapt their teaching methods to better suit the individual needs of their students. Flexible seating arrangements allow for group work or independent study depending on the task at hand. Movable furniture also makes it easy to reconfigure the classroom layout quickly and easily.
Specialist subjects require spaces for hands-on learning experiences. Science labs or art studios are examples of spaces where students can engage in experiential learning that goes beyond traditional textbook instruction.
Technology integration into the classroom
Technology is becoming increasingly important in education today with many schools implementing online learning platforms or using devices such as tablets or laptops in class. Having appropriate electrical outlets and charging stations readily available ensures that technology is seamlessly integrated into the learning experience.
Read our tech soundbite on electrical technology integration for schools here.
In conclusion, designing an educational space with intentionality has profound effects on student engagement, motivation and learning outcomes. As we continue to navigate through modern-day education it is essential that we prioritize creating environments that positively influence our students which will ultimately lead them towards achieving greater success in their academic journeys.
See our blog on colour and design by Holly Bowen here.