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ERIC Number: ED032906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 72
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The Ecology of Study Areas.
Sommer, Robert
This project was conducted to determine the conditions that make a satisfying study environment in colleges and universities and to relay the findings to those who design and manage educational spaces. The investigation focused upon the process of studying and its relation to environmental setting, and data was primarily gathered through site interviews at 24 institutions of higher learning in northern California. Six complementary questionnaires, consisting of open-ended and multiple choice items, were used for the interviews. These cover room studying, library studying general environment, library-residence comparison, and distractions. Other small scale investigations on related matters were also undertaken. The survey findings and recommendations are grouped according to specific study locations: (1) library reading areas, (2) dormitories, (3) cafeterias and lounges, (4) empty classrooms, and (5) outdoor areas. Findings make it clear that an effective study environment is as much a matter of administrative rules and educational programming as architecture. To reach librarians, residence hall managers, and others who administer educational spaces, the author has written a number of articles based on the study findings for professional journals. References to these articles are included in this report. The six questionnaires used in the site interviews are appended. (JB)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Davis.