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  • Kurki, Justiina (2018)
    The latest nationwide curriculum of comprehensive school came into effect in 2016. Both the new curriculum and student-centered learning that has recently been highlighted have created a need for putting different kinds of reforms into action in schools. One of these reforms is developing new built learning environments. New built learning environments can occur in the volume of both individual classrooms and entire school buildings. The purpose of this bachelor’s thesis is to take a closer look to what these new built learning environments are and what kind of reasons have been stated to support the need for their development. In addition, this thesis is aiming to find out which characteristics of built environment promote or on the contrary do not promote learning. This bachelor’s thesis was carried out as a literary survey. The data was collected from databases on the internet and libraries and it was analyzed through the research questions. The term new built learning environments refers to any physical learning spaces that differ from traditional, inflexible and teacher-centered arrangements. Spaces of this kind can be built in classrooms, but some schools have also developed larger learning centers or commons. Amongst other things, student-centered approach, constructivism and the latest curriculum can be listed as the causes of developing new built learning environments. In addition to these, the developing is influenced by practical factors such as the school finances. According to the results of this literary review, new built learning environments are found motivating for students and supportive towards the idea of learning and the practised pedagogy. The study found out that despite positive user experiences there is very little research on the effects of built learning environment on learning. Especially the effects of new built learning environments lack scientific knowledge. However, according to the used literature for example sufficient lightning and good quality of indoor air promote learning. Other factors that affect learning had been considered very little in the reliability of the used studies.