A systematic approach to quantify the influence of indoor environmental parameters on students' perceptions, responses, and short-term academic performance

Henk Willem Brink, Marcel G.L.C. Loomans, Mark P. Mobach, Helianthe S.M. Kort

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Abstract

Several studies found that classrooms' indoor environmental quality (IEQ) can positively influence in-class activities. Understanding and quantifying the combined effect of four indoor environmental parameters, namely indoor air quality and thermal, acoustic, and lighting conditions on people is essential to create an optimal IEQ. Accordingly, a systematic approach was developed to study the effect of multiple IEQ parameters simultaneously. Methods for measuring the IEQ and students' perceived IEQ, internal responses, and academic performance were derived from literature. Next, this systematic approach was tested in a pilot study during a regular academic course. The perceptions, internal responses, and short-term academic performance of participating students (n = 163) were measured. During the pilot study, the IEQ of the classrooms varied slightly. Significant associations (p 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e13116
Number of pages19
JournalIndoor Air
Volume32
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • performance
  • classrooms' indoor environmental quality
  • health
  • higher education
  • student responses
  • quality of learning

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    Brink, H. W., Mobach, M. P., Loomans, M. G. L. C. & Kort, H. S. M., 16 Aug 2019, Joint meeting of the International Societies of Exposure Science (ISES) and Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) 2019. Abstract book: the built, natural, and social environments: impacts on exposures, health and well-being. p. 361-362

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