Interior Design Program


Date of this Version

Winter 12-4-2013


Thompson, Candace A., "THE CLASSROOM PARADIGM: DESIGN IN A TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN ERA" (2013). Interior Design Program: Theses


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Architecture, Under the Supervision of Professor Betsy Gabb. Lincoln, Nebraska: December, 2013

Copyright (c) 2013 Candace A. Thompson


Classroom design has an effect on a number of students’ behaviors and performance. Architects and facilities directors are frequently faced with design decisions that impact students and do not always have the resources to help support their decision making. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how classroom design in education can facilitate students’ learning and engagement in an ever-changing technological age. Is the traditional classroom environment the most effective set up? To explore this issue, the author will provide literature review and design examples to help guide the reader through ways to accommodate these changing needs—both the physical and technological designs of the classroom. Physical changes include design decisions such as layout, color selection, and furniture. Technological design centered on making technology available in and out of the classroom and having a space that is flexible enough to meet the needs of students. A thorough analysis showed that effective classroom design can impact students’ performance, classroom engagement, and enhance the overall experience for teachers and students in the classroom.

Advisor: Betsy Gabb