DOES A ‘GOOD’ LEARNING SPACE, AS DETERMINED BY THE STUDENT BODY, LEAD TO ENHANCED TEACHING AND LEARNING AND/OR STUDENT SATISFACTION?
University of Wolverhampton (UNITED KINGDOM)
About this paper:
Conference name: 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 3-5 July, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Despite huge investments in new learning spaces across the HE sector very little is understood about the relationship between learning and the spaces designed for learning. Although many studies have been carried out with regard to how students feel about the learning spaces they use, research tools have not been developed (or satisfactorily combined) to enable the relationship between preferred spaces and enhanced learning outcomes to be fully understood (Cleveland, 2014). Students often feel they learn better in modern, well lit, air conditioned spaces, but this is not convincingly supported by data or observational evidence (Douglas, 2001; Scott Webber, 2004; Temple, 2007).
This mixed methodology study, which included a student survey, formal space audit and observational studies sought to discern how students explore and negotiate the formal and informal spaces the institution provides and how they ‘own’ or transform these to become learning environments. Understanding how students utilise space and learn within the spaces they inhabit, will enable the HE sector to actively harness and enhance those spaces for independent and co-learning opportunities and design better learning spaces in the future. This poster will reveal the initial findings and highlight the progress made towards unpicking the complicated relationship between space and learning.
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Keywords: Learning Spaces, Higher Education.