Date of Award
Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) BEd (Primary) (Hons)
Education & Science
Dr. Marion Shields
ANZSRC / FoR Code
130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
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.
Hill, M. (2011). Young children and their perceptions of colour: An exploratory study (Bachelor's thesis, Avondale College, Australia). Retrieved from https://research.avondale.edu.au/theses_bachelor_honours/59/