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Wednesday, June 18 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
POSTER.25 – The Impact of Physical Space on Teaching and Learning

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This poster presentation will share the results of a study that examined the effects of physical space on the teaching and learning environment. The literature suggests that physical space affects student privacy, performance and participation. Research also suggests that the physical environment affects how teachers view the possibilities available to them for their teaching (Jamieson, Fisher, Gilding, Taylor & Trevitt, 2000; Higgins, Hall, Wall, Woolner & McCaughney, 2005). Literature shows that space can dictate how students will interact (Jamieson et all, 2000). Studies indicate that physical space that saves time, provides comfort, and facilitates communication supports successful learning (Higgins et al, 2005). Further research in physical space and its impact on teaching and learning is needed (Temple, 2008). This research can advise universities on how best to enable collaboration, communication and interactions between students, teachers and content (Jamieson, 2003).

In this study, the enactment of three tutorials conducted simultaneously was compared. Each tutorial followed the same format and plan, but was implemented in a different classroom. The format involved a case study analysis of human physiology and a planned sequence of events. Each classroom had a separate physical configuration and different degree of technology available. This study examined how students and faculty experienced the physical space in order to provide context to how physical space affects teaching and learning. Through observation, surveys and focus groups, data was compared using qualitative analysis to understand how physical space effected the formulation of the experiences of the students and faculty involved. The results of this study contribute to the overall discussion regarding physical learning space and how it shapes one’s experience in a learning environment.  This poster presentation contributes to discussions of physical aspects of learning spaces in the integrated learning environment.

Wednesday June 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
McArthur Hall

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