Can Research Findings Help School Systems Obtain the Most Bang from the Construction Bucks?

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Research on educational facilities is important to help industry and school districts make decisions on funding and maintaining good educational environments for their students. This paper presents findings from three syntheses of 232 studies on educational facilities and funding decisions, followed by discussions of practical solutions designed to help decision makers improve educational facilities. The research reveals that student achievement scores were higher when windows, floors, heat, roofs, locker conditions, ceilings, laboratory conditions, age of the facility, lighting, interior paint, and cosmetic conditions of the school were generally rated above standard by school staffs. Also examined are research findings on how facility conditions affected student attitudes, behaviors, and achievement. A list of measurements of dependent variables and research summary notations for educators and architects concerning facility/student interaction conclude the paper. (Contains 79 references.)
Earthman, Glen I.; Lemasters, Linda K.
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