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ERIC Number: EJ1152685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2158-6195
Tiered Classrooms at St. Olaf College: Faculty and Student Perceptions of Three Different Designs
Walczak, Mary M.; Van Wylen, David G. L.
Journal of Learning Spaces, v2 n2 2013-2014
In designing St. Olaf College's Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, we attempted to create learning spaces to accommodate classes of 50-100 students and a variety of teaching pedagogies. In this study, we compared three different 72-seat classrooms furnished with half-round tables for four, straight tables, or a serpentine shaped table with crests that seat four students. We found that faculty preferred the learning environment of the half-round tables for all pedagogies. Students preferred the half-round tables for group work or a combination of group work and lecture, but preferred the straight tables for lecture classes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
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