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ERIC Number: EJ1152655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2158-6195
Communicating the Library as a Learning Environment
Nitecki, Danuta A.; Simpson, Katherine
Journal of Learning Spaces, v5 n2 p39-52 2016
Lack of commonly used vocabulary for informal learning environments hinders precise communication concerning what is observed, assessed, and understood about the relationship between space and learning. This study empirically extends taxonomies of terms and phrases that describe such relationships through content analysis of descriptions of completed library projects, concluding that focus and collaboration are the most prevalent terms. It also highlights how space affords learning. Study results will help practitioners and researchers to specify designs for improving library spaces, advocate for the value the library environment offers educational experiences, evaluate return on investment in renovation and construction, and contribute research toward understanding the relationships between learning and space.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
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