A new managed research study by Steelcase Education indicates that the classroom environment correlates to college students’ engagement and their perceptions of academic success.
Nearly three-fourths (72 percent) of students said the change in classroom design to a more flexible space increased their motivation to attend class, and another 72 percent stated that the new classroom layout with flexible furnishings would increase their ability to achieve a higher grade. Additionally, 84 percent of participants reported being more engaged in classroom activities.
Nearly all (98 percent) faculty members reported a moderate to exceptional increase in student engagement, and all perceived a moderate to exceptional increase in students’ ability to be creative.
“For many years, inflexible classroom layouts with rows of stationary desks have not only hindered mobility, but also engagement,” Dr. Lennie Scott Webber, Director Education Environments Globally, Steelcase Education, said in a statement. “With this study, Steelcase Education is putting forward solid evidence around the role of intentional classroom design to demonstrate the impact on student academic achievement — and create a potential template for institutions to follow.”
Steelcase asked participants to compare their experiences in a traditional/standard classroom with row-by-column seating to what they experienced in a classroom intentionally designed for active learning. The active-learning classrooms were furnished with Steelcase products; participating faculty members did not receive training on active-learning practices.
For more information on study results, visit www.steelcase.com/educationsolutions