ERIC Number: EJ1093986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
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Are "New Building" Learning Gains Sustainable?
Walczak, Mary M.; Van Wylen, David G. L.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v44 n6 Jul 2015
New science facilities have become a reality on many college campuses in the last few decades. Large time investments in creating shared programmatic vision and designing flexible spaces, partnered with large fiscal investments, have created a new generation of science building. Unfortunately, few studies provide evidence about whether the articulated goals were achieved. In this study, we revisit assessment of our science facilities after 5 years of occupancy, looking specifically for sustained gains in (a) student perceptions of interdisciplinarity, (b) the ability to stay focused despite high levels of visual connectedness, and (c) overall appreciation for the learning environment.
Descriptors: Science Teaching Centers, Educational Objectives, College Science, College Students, Student Attitudes, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learner Engagement, Educational Environment, Sustainability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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