Heavily Decorated Classrooms Disrupt Attention and Learning In Young Children (study)

28 Mei

From experience to meaning...

Compare these 2 classrooms, which one would you chose for young children?

Probably the second one. Still, maybe this isn’t the best option for learning. Maps, number lines, shapes, artwork and other materials tend to cover elementary classroom walls. However, new research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that too much of a good thing may end up disrupting attention and learning in young children.

From the press release:

Published in Psychological Science, Carnegie Mellon’s Anna V. Fisher, Karrie E. Godwin and Howard Seltman looked at whether classroom displays affected children’s ability to maintain focus during instruction and to learn the lesson content. They found that children in highly decorated classrooms were more distracted, spent more time off-task and demonstrated smaller learning gains than when the decorations were removed.

“Young children spend a lot of time — usually the whole day — in the same classroom, and we have shown that…

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