Colour prints 'could boost student learning'

OK, bit of an odd question to kick this one off. 

When you were at school, how many of the print-outs you used as part of your classroom were in colour? 

Told you it was bit of an odd one. 

We can't remember either to be honest – but we're asking because we stumbled across some new research that makes an interesting link between colour printing in schools and the attainment levels of students. 

However the study, commissioned by Xerox, found colour is surprisingly absent in classroom handouts.


Which certainly is surprising, given the mass take-up of printers and ink and toner cartridges by educational institutions, businesses and individuals around the world.

The study, undertaken by Harris Interactive for Xerox, found seven in ten pupils in grades three to 12 (it's a US study - we guestimate that it's from early middle school to end of sixth form), found seven in ten pupils said that very few or none of their handouts have pictures or charts or graphs that are produced in colour. 

But schools are missing a trick here – Xerox said that colour has been shown to have an impact on comprehension, something the students polled agreed with.

Most (77 per cent) said word or pictures in colour would make schoolwork more interesting, and 70 per cent said it would make their homework more fun to do. 

What's more, the students said they found colour materials especially effective when it comes to learning complex subjects – 58 per cent said they thought they would learn more in science if the accompanying materials were in colour. 

"With shrinking budgets, colour printing does not have to be cost prohibitive," said Leah Quesada, vice president, marketing, enterprise business group, Xerox.

"With the right tools in place, colour can be maximized in the classroom to the benefit of the students."  

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