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Title: Ambience in social learning: student engagement with new designs for learning spaces
Authors: Crook, Charles
Witcomb, Gemma L.
Keywords: Cooperative learning
Higher education
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education
Citation: CROOK, C. and MITCHELL, G.L., 2012. Ambience in social learning: student engagement with new designs for learning spaces. Cambridge Journal of Education, 42(2), pp. 121-139.
Abstract: An imperative to develop the social experience of learning has led to the design of informal learning spaces within libraries. Yet little is known about how these spaces are used by students or how students perceive them. Field work in one such space is reported. The general private study practice of undergraduates was captured through audio diaries, while activity in the learning space was directly observed, and students provided reflective perspectives in focus groups and through spot conversations. Results suggest such spaces are popular and yet stimulate limited group work. Yet other, less intense, forms of productive collaboration did occur and a taxonomy of four such types of encounter is offered. Of particular importance to students was access to a ‘social ambience’ for study. The results encourage institutions to design for a mixed economy of student choice over learning spaces and to consider modes of encouraging diversity in their use.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Cambridge Journal of Education on 22nd May 2012, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0305764X.2012.676627
Sponsor: This research was funded by the University of Nottingham CETL for Integrative Learning.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2012.676627
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19035
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0305764X.2012.676627
ISSN: 0305-764X
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