ERIC Number: EJ906654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Independent Learning Areas and Student Learning
Jackson, Maureen; Shenton, Andrew K.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, v42 n4 p215-223 Dec 2010
Recent years have seen a shift in educational institutions from the provision of traditional libraries to the creation of independent learning areas offering a greater diversity of facilities and services. This paper explores the essential characteristics of these places, especially in relation to student learning. The authors discuss six particular issues--the provision of space, services and resources; learners' interaction with information; interaction among learners; learners' interaction with staff; management decision making; and opportunities for research. The paper notes the value of independent learning areas in fostering open learning and individual and collaborative work, in establishing a unity among students and in helping users to resolve a diversity of life situations. Nevertheless, they also present challenges, and difficult management decisions must be made.
Descriptors: Open Education, Independent Study, Educational Change, Learning Resources Centers, Study Centers, Aptitude Treatment Interaction, Workstations, Research Opportunities, Barriers, Decision Making, Space Utilization, Institutional Characteristics
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