Event Title

Blank Space: White and Heavily Decorated Walls in the Learning Environment

Poster Number

28

College

College of Education

Department

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Honors Thesis Committee

Marleah Bouchard, Ph.D.; Linda Pickett, Ph.D.; and Bettie Parsons Barger, Ph.D.

Location

Richardson Ballroom

Start Date

21-4-2017 2:15 PM

Description

In education today, everything from the role of the teacher to the type of seating in classrooms is changing to reflect the growing body of knowledge of how students learn best. One thing that has remained unchanged in many schools is the color of the walls. In spite of research that supports colored walls, walls in classrooms are most often white. Also contradictory to research is the amount and type of decorations found on most classroom walls. The purpose of this research is to explore the relationship between the color of walls, the amount of decorations covering them, and the impact these two factors have on student learning and behavior. The available literature is reviewed and discussed in addition to the research conducted. For this research, a survey was given to teachers at a local school to be completed voluntarily and with no incentives. The survey aimed to gain insight into teachers' perceptions on the impact of the appearance of classroom walls on student learning and behavior. Results and implications of the research are discussed.

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Apr 21st, 2:15 PM

Blank Space: White and Heavily Decorated Walls in the Learning Environment

Richardson Ballroom

In education today, everything from the role of the teacher to the type of seating in classrooms is changing to reflect the growing body of knowledge of how students learn best. One thing that has remained unchanged in many schools is the color of the walls. In spite of research that supports colored walls, walls in classrooms are most often white. Also contradictory to research is the amount and type of decorations found on most classroom walls. The purpose of this research is to explore the relationship between the color of walls, the amount of decorations covering them, and the impact these two factors have on student learning and behavior. The available literature is reviewed and discussed in addition to the research conducted. For this research, a survey was given to teachers at a local school to be completed voluntarily and with no incentives. The survey aimed to gain insight into teachers' perceptions on the impact of the appearance of classroom walls on student learning and behavior. Results and implications of the research are discussed.