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A Preliminary Study of Illumination Levels in University and Elementary Classrooms in Campina Grande, Brazil

Charles I. Abramson1, Melanie C. Page1, Mia Zolna1, Waylon Howard1, Italo S. Aquino1 and Shakuntala Nain1
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Journal of Social Sciences
Volume 3 No. 3, 2007, 155-158

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/jssp.2007.155.158

Submitted On: 13 February 2007 Published On: 30 September 2007

How to Cite: Abramson, C. I., Page, M. C., Zolna, M., Howard, W., Aquino, I. S. & Nain, S. (2007). A Preliminary Study of Illumination Levels in University and Elementary Classrooms in Campina Grande, Brazil. Journal of Social Sciences, 3(3), 155-158. https://doi.org/10.3844/jssp.2007.155.158

Abstract

The purpose of our study was to provide preliminary data on light levels used in university and elementary school classrooms in Campina Grande, Brazil with the aim of providing Brazilian politicians and educators with data to support continued educational initiatives in northeast Brazil. The data were gathered at the Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG) and compared with a sample of classrooms at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater Oklahoma. The results indicated that many seats within UFCG classrooms met or exceeded minimum standards but significant numbers did not. Moreover, compared to classrooms at OSU, UFCG classrooms are not as highly illuminated and the Brazilian elementary classrooms examined did not meet minimum illumination standards.

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Keywords

  • Brazil
  • illumination
  • education