Journal of Tourism & Hospitality

Journal of Tourism & Hospitality
Open Access

ISSN: 2167-0269

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Creating and Maintaining High Quality, Sustainable Healthy Learning Environments for Students, Teachers and Staff in Global Schools

Joyce Pittman

The purpose of the study was examining and exploring ecological issues that emerge from disasters or high poverty schools and UNESCO’S mandate for health conditions in learning environments and 1) teacher and staff effectiveness, 2) student achievement, and 3) health of teachers, staff, and students. A systematic narrative literature method was used to review the effects that technological innovation and ecological conditions have on schools show there is a health risk. Results of preliminary research focused on USA schools revealed a high-quality teaching environment is expected to demonstrate five key conditions and five helping brain-based behaviors in teaching 1) lesson clarity, 2) instructional variety to address diversity, 3) healthy and safe learning environment, 4) engagement in the learning process, and 5) student success. Five helping behaviors included: 1) using student ideas and contributions, 2) structuring, 3) questioning, 4) probing, and 5) teacher competence. Methodology is introduced to gather evidence of the possible relationships between these variables and potential adverse effects of technological and ecological conditions teachers and students. The discussion shares findings on the potential implications for conditions in schools and communities that result from natural disasters. Such conditions include the impact of dampness and mold on individuals in schools or similar settings. This information could advance future research direction to investigate this problem of maintaining safe and healthy environments globally. The argument is that such conditions present thought-provoking implications for transforming learning environments into healthy and safe places for teachers and learners to be active and productive. Preliminary conclusions suggest that while technological and ecological innovations offer necessary advances to education, failure to acknowledge problems involving infrastructure, environmental conditions and the impact on individual’s health could result in adverse effects on teaching and learning.