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ERIC Number: EJ798497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct-1
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
Appealing Spaces
Dittoe, William; Porter, Nat
American School & University, v80 n2 p26 Oct 2007
For more than a decade, educators and designers have been moving tentatively into uncharted waters. This article reports that administrators, faculty, and planners now recognize that learning spaces should be developed for reasons beyond utilization numbers. With declining retention and graduation rates, education institutions are acknowledging the importance of creating spaces that appeal to students and foster learning. A number of institutions are transitioning into space design based on achieving educational outcomes. Under this approach, administrators should consider all campus areas as potential spaces for learning. However, four primary learning places provide the best opportunities to achieve positive outcomes: (1) the classroom; (2) library; (3) residence hall; and (4) hallway. As initial studies and surveys confirm the educational benefits of space design based on applied learning principles, education institutions will have compelling reasons to move in new directions and design physical space that supports student success. They should consider every square foot on campus as a potential learning space and explore ways to connect each area of learning. Furniture serves as the unifying element that carries through each space, helping to create a learning ecosystem in which students can achieve academic success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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