Space and consequences: the influence of learning spaces on student development and communication

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dc.contributor Billings, Andrew C.
dc.contributor Black, Jason Edward
dc.contributor Hardy, David E.
dc.contributor Kuntz, Aaron M.
dc.contributor McArthur, John A.
dc.contributor.advisor Holley, Karri A.
dc.contributor.author Parsons, Caroline Sue
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:22:45Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:22:45Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001866
dc.identifier.other Parsons_alatus_0004D_12282
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2301
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Learning spaces can provide a site for social change by influencing student development and communication in colleges and universities. During a time when teaching, learning, and technology is changing rapidly, researchers and practitioners are addressing the need for learning spaces that promote student development in a modern university setting. From a social constructionist standpoint, this study sought to explore how the design of learning spaces influences three outcomes of student development and communication: 1) student dialogue and community building, 2) interactive learning, and 3) socialization into future professions. McArthur's (2011) paradigm of user-experience of instructional space was utilized to assess the influence of physical and virtual space on these three outcomes. Qualitative analysis of the learning spaces in a liberal arts undergraduate initiative, which employs the use of roundtable classrooms and minimal technology, was conducted. Collection and analysis of interviews and focus group data from students and faculty in the program, in addition to classroom observations, field notes, photographs, sketches, and historical documents, resulted in the finding that the low-tech roundtable classroom not only employed user-design experience principles, but also empowered students to spark their own dialogue, interactive learning, and socialization. While this study found support for the idea that virtual learning spaces can positively influence student development and communication, findings suggest that in-class use of technology can hinder dialogue and learning. Classroom dialogue followed a consistent pattern of socializing intellectual talk, resulting in a typology of instructor follow-up statements.
dc.format.extent 303 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Higher education
dc.subject.other Communication
dc.subject.other Higher education administration
dc.title Space and consequences: the influence of learning spaces on student development and communication
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.discipline Interdisciplinary Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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