Putting pictures on the wall can distract schoolchildren

May 28, 2014 by

Classroom walls are traditionally covered in maps, drawings and paintings.

However, researchers have found that the colourful covering could actually be distracting pupils.

The key to learning effectively, they found, was clear walls.

‘Young children spend a lot of time — usually the whole day — in the same classroom, and we have shown that a classroom’s visual environment can affect how much children learn,’ said Carnegie Mellon’s Anna Fisher, lead author and associate professor of psychology in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Published in Psychological Science, the study 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.

The team say the key is for teachers to choose the right decoration.

‘We do not suggest by any means that removing all decoration is the answer to all educational problems,’ Fisher said.

‘Furthermore, additional research is needed to know what effect the classroom visual environment has on children’s attention and learning in real classrooms,’ Fisher said.

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