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C. Schuss and T. Fabritius, "Classroom Quality: On the Amount of Ambient Light in Today’s Classroom - A Field Study," 2021 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), 2021, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1109/I2MTC50364.2021.9459949

Classroom quality : on the amount of ambient light in today’s classroom — a field study

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Author: Schuss, Christian1; Fabritius, Tapio1
Organizations: 1Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques (OPEM) Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-10-08


In this paper, we investigate the given ambient lighting conditions in today’s schools. On the example of Oulu University Teacher Training School, the classroom quality in terms of the available amount of ambient lighting is analysed. In particular, attention is paid to the available illuminance of the pupils’ desks. Commonly, light is produced artificially by light sources installed on the classroom’s ceiling and obtained from the outside through windows. However, due to the use of digital blackboards, window blinds are often closed and lights are often switched off, thereby, reducing the available light in the classroom significantly. Furthermore, our results reveal that each pupil’s desk receives a different light intensity. It is worth noting that low levels of ambient lighting can result into a degradation of learning performances and, therefore, requiring pupils more time solve different types of activities assigned by the teacher.

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Series: IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference
ISSN: 2642-2069
ISSN-E: 2642-2077
ISSN-L: 2642-2069
ISBN: 978-1-7281-9539-1
ISBN Print: 978-1-7281-9540-7
Article number: 9459949
DOI: 10.1109/I2MTC50364.2021.9459949
Host publication: 2021 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference, I2MTC 2021. Virtual conference May 17-20, 2021
Conference: IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: Dr. Christian Schuss was funded by the Academy of Finland 6Genesis (6G) project (grant no. 318927). Prof. Tapio Fabritius is partially supported by Academy of Finlands FIRI funding (grant no. 320017).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
320017 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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