ERIC Number: ED085790
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Publication Date: 1972
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A Naturalistic Study in Proxemics: Seating Arrangement and its Effect on Interaction, Performance, and Behavior.
Rubin, Gary N.
Classroom proxemics, particularly seating arrangements, are intuitively thought to affect the performance, attitudes, and behavior patterns of students. A study of 84 sixth-grade students, based on different classroom seating arrangements for a six-week period, tested this hypothesis. Both students and teachers submitted evaluation forms each week to express their attitudes about seating positions, student-teacher interaction, student participation in class, and other factors relating to behavior and discipline. Results indicated that seating arrangements do affect classroom behavior and that there is a relationship between pretested IQ scores and reactions to the various seating arrangements. The results do not suggest solid causation but can be interpreted as indications worthy of future studies. (RN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Classrooms, Flexible Facilities, Interaction, Interpersonal Relationship, Research Opportunities, Student Behavior, Student Teacher Relationship, Verbal Communication
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Bowling Green State University