ERIC Number: ED161495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-3
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Space for Instruction, Fall 1977.
Breen, Edward; Chakupurakal, Thomas
The use of space for formal instruction in fall 1977 at the Center and South campuses of Macomb County Community College was examined for five time spans: prime time day (weekdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.), prime time night (Monday-Thursday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.), prime time week (prime time day and night), afternoon (Monday-Thursday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.), and schedule week (Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.). The ratio of room utilization to room availability was calculated in half hour time periods. The total number of half hour periods of use was divided by the total number of half hour periods of availability during the time spans and calculated for each room, building, campus, and the college as a whole. To determine whether there was a difference in the use of rooms because of their function, each space was designated either a lecture room or a laboratory. Findings show that the college utilized 226 rooms for instruction; 146 were lecture rooms and 80 were laboratories. Except for during the afternoon, a lecture room was more likely to be in use than a laboratory. At both campuses, instructional space was more effectively used during evening prime time (75%) than during day prime time (62%). To identify space much or little used, a definition of "normal" was applied. A room in use 84% or more of the time was said to be used more than normally; one in use 16% or less of the time, less than normally. Tables outline data on room use by campus. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb County Community Coll., Warren, MI.