Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Education

Major

Middle Level Education - Science / Social Studies

Research Sponsor

Dr. Lisa Lenhart

First Reader

Dr. Brandi Noll

Second Reader

Dr. Gail Evanchan

Abstract

The question of classroom learning environment and how it affects learning has been widely studied. The type of environment in which students learn sparks passionate debate in today’s society, since a significant amount of a child’s time is spent in a school. . Research confirms that attending school and obtaining an education will teach children to be successful citizens, but what about the environment in which they go to school? If school is what makes the next generation ready to positively contribute to society, then steps must be taken so that each child has an opportunity to thrive. Students in the United States and developing countries across the world deserve the best type of learning environment during schooling to help them reach their highest level of success and lead to a more positive future. This paper overviews the research on learning environments and student achievement and then provides a case study of how one school in a developing country is working to improve the learning environment for its students.