Why place values are all important

New evidence reveals a strong link between educational buildings and students’ learning progress. Peter Barrett suggests how colleges can adapt

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Spaces in all educational buildings must surely be geared towards the support they can provide to students’ learning?

This may seem obvious, but is actually not always, or even often, the case. This is partly because educational buildings, at worst, are seen as an unavoidable cost or, only slightly better, as a marketing tool to impress prospective students and parents. The key reason, however, is that, until recently, the links between learning progress and the physical characteristics of the learning environment lacked evidence.

This is no longer the case. After several years’ concentrated ...

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