ERIC Number: EJ1104278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Models of Learning Space: Integrating Research on Space, Place and Learning in Higher Education
Ellis, R. A.; Goodyear, P.
Review of Education, v4 n2 p149-191 Jun 2016
Learning space research is a relatively new field of study that seeks to inform the design, evaluation and management of learning spaces. This paper reviews a dispersed and fragmented literature relevant to understanding connections between university learning spaces and student learning activities. From this review, the paper distils a number of core concerns and identifies some gaps in the literature. One of its primary goals is to clear the ground for the construction of "models" of learning space that can be used by the various parties involved in the design and evaluation of new learning spaces: teachers, architects, interior designers, IT managers, educational leaders and students. A closely related goal is to help those participating in learning space research locate and understand each other's contributions. Fragmentation in research related to learning and physical spaces makes progress in the field slow. Our review makes two passes over the field: drawing together research from architecture, the learning sciences, environmental psychology, human computer interaction and elsewhere to identify research foci and gaps, and then also capturing some work by learning space researchers that directly attempts to model the main relationships in the field. The paper ends with a summary of implications for research and practice.
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Research, Higher Education, Universities, Learning Activities, Models, Physical Environment, Educational Facilities Design, Architecture, Environmental Influences, Psychology, Man Machine Systems, Interior Space
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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