A study exploring learners' informal learning space behaviors, attitudes, and preferences

HARROP, Deborah and TURPIN, Beatrice (2013). A study exploring learners' informal learning space behaviors, attitudes, and preferences. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 19 (1), 58-77.

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What makes a successful informal learning space is a topic in need of further research. The body of discourse on informal space design is drawn from learning theory, placemaking and architecture, with a need for understanding of the synergy between the three. Findings from a longitudinal, quantitative and qualitative study at Sheffield Hallam University, explore learners' behaviours, attitudes and preferences towards informal learning spaces in higher education, within and outside of the context of the academic library. The learning spaces study contributes to the discourse on informal learning spaces design by producing a typology of nine learning space preference attributes which address aspects of learning theory, placemaking and architecture. The typology can be used to evaluate existing spaces and inform redevelopment of informal learning spaces in higher education institutions. Implementing the typology will be subject to localised conditions, but at Sheffield Hallam University the key conclusions have included developing a portfolio of discrete, interrelated learning environments, offering spaces with a clear identity and encouraging students to translate their learning preferences into space selection.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Library Services
Identification Number: 10.1080/13614533.2013.740961
Depositing User: Beatrice Turpin
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2014 10:17
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 17:33
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7710

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