This is my fourth year as a judge at our regional science fair. I work in behavorial and social sciences. This year, one of the projects addressed lighting and learning. To gain background understanding for myself, I ran some searches. (First, we need to make sure that this did not come from Science Buddies or some other website with recipes for science projects.) I found these:
Q: Are all reading problems caused by Irlen Syndrome?
A: No. Research has shown that about 46% of individuals with reading problems, dyslexia, or learning disabilities have this type of perceptual processing problem. Irlen Syndrome can be the only reason for reading difficulties or a piece of the puzzle existing in combination with other reasons for reading difficulties.
Q: Can you correct reading problem caused by Irlen Syndrome?
A: Yes. Correction of this problem is with the use of Irlen colored overlays and lenses. Use of the Irlen filters does not negate the importance of teaching reading skills and the need for practice. However, print clarity, stability and reading comfort provided by Irlen Spectral Filters are building blocks for learning and success.
Illuminating the Effects of Dynamic Lighting on Student Learning
Michael S. Mott1, Daniel H. Robinson2, Ashley Walden1, Jodie Burnette1, and Angela S. Rutherford1
Effects for Lighting and Learning
Because lighting profoundly affects numerous levels of
human functioning such as vision, circadian rhythms, mood, and cognition, its implicit effects on learning and classroom achievement cannot be dismissed. Several studies have addressed how the quality and color of lighting can either impair or enhance students’ visual skills and, thus, academic performance. Visual impairments alone can induce behavioral problems in students, and the level of concentration and motivation in the classroom. Cheatum and Hammond (2000) estimated that around 20% of children who enter the school encounter visual problems (e.g., problems with focusing, eye tracking, training, lazy eye, and trabismus). Among elementary school children, 41% have experienced trouble with tracking, 6% have refractive errors, and 4% have strabismus (Koslowe, 1995, as cited in Cheatum & Hammond, 2000). The same study suggests that “the inability of visual tracking is also thought to be the cause of behavioral problems and being illiterate” (Cheatum & Hammond, 2000, p. 6). Winterbottom & Wilkins (2009) suggested that certain features of lighting can cause discomfort and impair visual …