Our Environment Has On Their Academic Achievement

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Students face a multitude of challenges throughout their academic life. One of the many challenges they face is the role play that their environment has on their personal academic achievement. We all know that our environment plays a significant factor in creating the adults we become in life. But when I say environment in an education forum, what exactly are we considering here? According to the dictionary environment is; the air, water, minerals, organisms and all other factors surrounding and affecting a given organism at any time. It is also considered the social and cultural forces that shape the life of a person or population. Given just these two examples of the definition of the word we now that there is a collection of…show more content…
Studies have shown that the school environment can affect student achievement either positively or negatively. Policies and protocols must be in place to ensure food protection, sanitation, safe water supply, healthy air quality, good lighting, safe playgrounds, violence prevention, and emergency response, among other issues that relate to the physical environment of schools (Crandell & Smaldino, 2000; Davis, 2001; Johnson, 2001; Lyons, 2001; Moore, 2002; Stricherz, 2000; Tanner, 2000). According to a study done by Oluchukwu, (2000) schools need to be well built and adequately constructed in order to facilitate strong teaching and learning practices. Structurally defective buildings will obviously become a hindrance to any “living and learning” environment.
Students’ attitudes are shaped by the facilities they are educated within. The physical setting around us stimulates all feelings, attitudes, desires, values and expectancies. This was emphasized in the McGuffey study done in 1972. This study concentrated on the housing element and found that students living within newer school buildings, filled with air conditioning and new classroom enhancements showed more positive attitudes than students housed in older buildings. The students were found to have significantly more positive attitudes towards school than the students in the older building. The Maslow and Mintz
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