Date of Award

11-2011

Embargo Period

4-26-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) BEd (Primary) (Hons)

Faculty

Education & Science

First Advisor

Dr. Marion Shields

ANZSRC / FoR Code

130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)

Abstract

The colour scheme of the classroom is an important contributor to student achievement, as well as teachers' effectiveness and efficiency. Colour can impact more than cognitive thinking functions; it can also influence affective areas of learning. The research outlined in this paper shows that specific colours influence morale, emotions, behaviour and performance of learners, depending on the individual's age, gender, developmental level, sensitivity to colour and colour preference, the subject being studied and the activity being conducted. Colour also had a direct link to student behaviour. Because of the strong influence of colour in an educational context, this study explored children's perceptions of colour and its effect on their emotions and behaviour. The major underlying colour factor that influenced behaviour, mood and learning in the classroom was colour preference. Four main areas influenced by colour preference were: a positive effect on students' interest and attitudes to learning and learning materials; the clear effect colour has on behaviour; the effect colour has on emotions; and the gender differences in colour preference.

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Used by permission: the author

Staff and Students of Avondale may access this thesis from Avondale library (155.91145 H55).

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