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Gandzhina Dustova | The Importance of Daylight in Classrooms and Its Influence on Students


Not everyone detests classrooms without windows. However, it is important to realize that significant changes and improvements have been made to the daylight. Benefits of classrooms without windows reported in previous studies include that occupants can use more space for bulletin boards and bookcases, more artificial lighting levels, less noise, lower maintenance costs, and freedom from students' distractions. However, there are many examples in many previous studies that students have better learning skills in classrooms with daylight.

Daylight is a very necessary element for students to achieve their academic abilities, and it is an important factor to students to receive natural light when designing an educational space. Previous studies emphasize light, temperature, air quality and color affect classroom space. While various factors affect students' academic performance, the impact on learning progress in an environment which has the quality of daylight is significant.

The effects of daylight on the classroom are various. One of them is the study of attendance or absenteeism. A number of studies has been conducted to analyze the relationship between students' attendance rates in classrooms with sufficient daylight and those with insufficient daylight. Schools incorporating natural light show higher student and teacher attendance than schools depend on artificial lighting.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jake Son

Educational Studies


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