The Impact of Learning Spaces on Student Success – MDR’s Latest Report

If you are looking for market insights into the education sector, MDR is THE industry source. Through our ongoing surveys, research, and other resources we inform education marketers about current trends and strategies for working with educators. Our latest report in the State of the K-12 Market series, The Impact of Learning Spaces on Student Success, covers the important and timely topic of the physical learning environment.

It’s Time to Address How the Majority of Public Schools Were Designed

Why this topic? Why now? Some significant trends are impacting the design and function of today’s classrooms, that have propelled the topic of intentional design to the forefront – especially as more charter schools are being developed and school renovations take place. Did you know that 45% of all current, public schools were built between 1950 and 1969? Furthermore, they were designed without the infrastructure to support the amount of technology used in the classroom today, or to support the sheer number of students walking through the doors – making many schools crowded and outdated.

Gen Z is Paving the Way

Generation Z is a generation of students who learn and communicate differently from previous generations, and the better schools can adapt to these digital natives, the more effective education will be for all stakeholders. This includes integrating technology in the classroom, including teaching labs and other student spaces. More and more classrooms will become increasingly blended, as course delivery becomes progressively digital.

The Impact of Learning Spaces on Student Success

With responses from over 1600 educators, our study reveals that 94% of survey respondents indicated that space indeed impacts learning, and 70% would like larger classrooms. This report addresses a number of issues related to the physical classroom environment including:

  • The benefits of flexible seating and collaborative opportunities. Students are engaged and motivated when the environment allows for movement, which 85% of respondents need in their ideal classroom.
  • Improved integration and upgrades to support the latest capabilities of educational technology.
  • Adaptations of the learning environment to accommodate different learning styles including a blend of in-person and online experiences.

Who Can Use This Report?

Looking for the latest research on how the learning environment impacts student success? Curriculum and technology developers, school furniture providers, as well as related industry professionals who work to improve student success can use this research  as they create their product, sales and marketing plans.

With understanding comes better planning for the future – and we all have an opportunity to create the innovative classrooms of tomorrow.

You can get the Learning Spaces Report here.

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