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  • Sunmin Park

  • Light as a Teacher: Environment for Early Childhood Education

    Interior Design (MFA), Lighting Design (MFA)

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    A great deal of research has been conducted examining the relationship between quantity of light and student performance. According to the Heschong Mahone Group, for example, elementary school children learn better in classrooms with substantial daylight. These studies provide a general sense that students perform better with more daylight, but the recommendations for light are not specific to tasks or activities. In addition, the need is for not a quantity of light but rather the quality of light. Kindergarten children need different qualities of light for different curricula and tasks. Having chiaroscuro, or different qualities of light, for different tasks in kindergarten makes the space more functional and turns light into a learning tool. This thesis explores the use of daylight as a teaching factor associated with curriculum in kindergartens. Light is teaching.
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