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    unblocked views

    Using nature to improvefocus of attention ought to pay off academically, and it seems so, according to a study led by C. Kenneth Tanner, head of the School Design & Planning Laboratory at the University of Georgia. Tanner and his team found that students in classrooms with unblocked views of at least 50 feet outside the window had higher scores on tests of vocabulary, language arts and maths than did students whose classrooms primarily overlooked roads and parking lots.

    The underlined sentence makes no sense to me. Isn’t a classroom which primarily overlooked roads and parking lots also one with unblocked views? I cannot tell the difference between the two classrooms.

    Please help me out!

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    Re: unblocked views

    I guess their idea of an unblocked view is one where there is just 50 feet of nothing, perhaps a large field or a huge expanse of concrete with no purpose.
    Overlooking roads and parking lots seems to make it a blocked view for the purposes of the research team.

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    Re: unblocked views

    I was thinking they meant "an unblocked view of nature" -- they could see natural things quite clearly, instead of man-made things.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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