ERIC Number: EJ1180252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Space and Embodiment in Informal Learning
Cox, Andrew M.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v75 n6 p1077-1090 Jun 2018
Changes in pedagogy to emphasise independent study and group work have increased the need for informal learning spaces on campuses. University libraries have been quick to respond to this need, partly because of the decline in book lending and partly because of technology enablers. Furthermore, new types of buildings that combine many types of facility, including libraries and informal learning spaces, are being built. This research aimed to explore students' experience of such informal learning spaces, through focus groups and walk with interviews. It was found that the creation of different types of learning atmosphere, should be understood as a multi-sensory experience, and actively constructed by learners themselves. Informal learning spaces are important destinations for students, who have favourite places to study, where they often work alongside companions and find motivation to work in the presence of others.
Descriptors: Informal Education, Academic Libraries, Focus Groups, Interviews, Sensory Experience
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Education Level: Higher Education
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