The Effects of Color on Learning and Behavior

Kristi Gaines, Zane Curry

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Color impacts student behavior within the physical learning environment. In view of the move toward including students with disabilities in the general education classroom, functional, color applications are critical. This article reviews and analyzes existing literature and empirical evidence related to use of color in the classroom for students of all abilities. The three major areas reviewed were (1) the inclusive classroom for students with disabilities, (2) color theory, and (3) the physiological and psychological aspects of color. The results show that color is important in designing functional learning spaces. The results of this analysis may benefit educators, parents, and design professionals in designing beneficial learning environments for all students.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education
StatePublished - Aug 2011


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