Improving Student Learning Using Classroom Design

Every educational institution wants to improve educational outcomes in and out of the classroom. The way to achieve it still remains an object of continuing debate and research. According to academic studies, a student’s academic success is influenced by many factors, including socioeconomic background, personal motivation and influence of different teaching styles. Together, these factors impact a student’s determination to achieve academic success.

Today, we’ll discuss the environmental features that affect learning and engagement in the classroom:

Classroom Design

One of the factors that is underemphasised or often overlooked is the impact of classroom design. Studies have shown that factors in a classroom setting can affect attention, retention, motivation and academic achievement. Active engagement in the classroom is recognised as a probable predictor of a student’s academic achievement. Based on studies by universities, classrooms that are strategically designed to support active learning increased student engagement compared to classrooms with traditional layouts.

Classroom Environment

Classroom design is critical for effective learning. To develop a successful classroom design, you must find the balance between learning styles and teaching methods. For example, if the teaching method employs collaborative thinking, students must be placed in group assignments that encourage teamwork and cooperation.

Classrooms should be designed such that they provide the spaces needed for students to separate into groups and communicate with one another. A classroom design conducive for collaboration not only stimulates students to engage, but also participate.

Classroom Acoustics

A classroom’s sound levels, temperature and lighting are also critical to a classroom’s overall design. To find a suitable sound level in your classroom, background noise must be minimised. You can also adjust sound levels by adding notice boards, baffle boards or soft furniture.

Temperature Levels

Temperature affects a student’s level of focus and concentration. An ideal classroom temperature and a sufficient supply of fresh air help keeps students alert, whereas poor temperature levels may lead to irritation, drowsiness and loss of concentration. To achieve optimal attentiveness, students must be comfortable with the room temperature at all times.

Classroom Lighting

There is no alternative to natural light when it comes to ideal lighting. However, if sunlight is limited, make sure that there’s sufficient artificial light. Proper lighting allows for better concentration and prevents eye strain. When choosing suitable lighting, consider the changes and variations needed to create different learning experiences. For instance, in a science classroom, incandescent or adjustable lighting for a dim environment may be required for some experiments.

Classroom Furniture

Consider finding furniture that will not only provide comfort, but also provide an enhanced learning experience. Collaborative furniture that can easily be re-arranged and connected with each other motivates engagement, communication and collaboration.

Officeline provides modern and functional classroom chairs in Australia. We offer the Eduflex™ Collaborative Trapeziodal Table designed to facilitate and support group collaboration. We also carry the Eduflex™ Quadrum Pod that is designed for educational areas where students can interact and relax.

Our chairs are available as one-piece units or with a range of base options that are built to provide maximum comfort and enhance overall learning experience. For more information on our classroom furniture, call 1800 333 116.  

Flexible and Dynamic Fitout Transforms New Student Space

Office Line was selected to create and style a new learning space at St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, located in Piara Waters, Western Australia.

Read the full Case Study here

Your 5-Step Checklist When Purchasing School Furniture. Does Your Furniture Comply?

school furnitureWhen it comes to purchasing furniture for your classroom, your primary concerns are probably appearance and cost.  Given many schools are faced with tight budgets, focusing solely on price can end up costing you more in the long run.  For example, considering the ergonomics of your next piece of furniture can dramatically decrease stress and fatigue, ensuring enhanced comfort and increased productivity for your students.

The following five considerations can help you make the best decision when making your next purchase.

1. Product Durability

An important factor to consider when placing your next classroom order is the durability of the product.  You can save time and money by asking these simple questions:

  1. Will it be easy to clean? Keep in mind students may drop or spill items on chairs and tables.  Is plastic a better option over fabric given the age-group of your classroom?
  2. Is the product durable? You don’t want to be replacing furniture more than necessary.
  3. Does the product come with a warranty, and if so, how long is the warranty?

2. Emission-free

Unfortunately,some inexpensive furniture options could be causing your students more harm than good.  Some laminex products contain and emit small traces of formaldehyde, meaning your kids are potentially breathing in harmful toxins.

Office Line provides furniture options that have been tested against any toxic emissions, ensuring your students are breathing in air that is clean and safe.

3. Product Stability

School room furniture is renowned to take a beating from time to time.  Choosing a chair or desk that meets the AFRDI certification ensures extensive weight-bearing and high-use testing has been carried out.  Should your students place excessive weight on one chair leg (as they often do), buying correctly tested products will ensure the chair doesn’t collapse.

4. Comfort and Ergonomics

The most attractive school desk or chair is not necessarily always the best choice.  Considering the average student spends on average 4.5 hours per day seated, the support capabilities of a chair will ensure enhanced comfort and productivity. 

 We need to protect student’s growing spines, so by choosing a design sufficient support you can reduce any unnecessary strain.

AFRDI5. Safety First

AS/NZS 4610 is the Australian standard for furniture specific to schools and covers strength, durability and safety. The AFRDI (Australasian Furnishing Research & Development Institute) blue tick ensures furniture meets the highest quality testing standards to ensure they are ergonomically sound, tough, durable and safe.

Other international standards that apply to educational furniture include the European Standard certification under EN1729 Parts 1 and 2.  This certification also ensures furniture supplied to educational institutions is ergonomic, stable, durable and safe.

Keep in mind these certifications when placing your next order.

Office Line supplies an extensive range of quality, durable products that meet the above requirements.  Take a look at our extensive range here or contact us to speak with someone who can assist with any queries you may have.