Assessment of the quality of learning environments in South African classrooms

South African schools stretch over a wide spectrum of income ranges, and the classrooms and school grounds across the country clearly reflect this. This research investigates the different environments of South African classrooms, and how these environments may or may not affect the productivity and quality of work of learners and teachers. The results of this research can also be used to reassess classroom building standards and regulations that classrooms need to adhere to in order to create a more habitable environment throughout the school day.

Parameters affecting human comfort and health are measured and will be assessed, including carbon dioxide, temperature, humidity, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ambient light. This will help gain significant insights to learning challenges that both teachers and learners face during school hours from an angle which has not necessarily been studied before. The results of this study can help achieve greater equity in South African educational environments.

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