Space Matters. And Research That Begins to Prove It: Piloting Student Engagement in Grades 9-12

Speakers:

Jim French
FAIA
DLR Group

Lennie Scott-Webber
Ed.D. INSYNC
Education Research + Design

Penny Ramsey

AIA LU:

1 Learning Units (LU)

How applies to HSW:
Abstract:

“Can we demonstrate that the design of the built environment for grades 9-12 impacts student academic engagement levels?” –  DLR Group and Lennie Scott-Webber, a nationally recognized researcher developed a survey instrument for post-occupancy that queries both educators and students, to understand how the physical environment impacts student engagement levels. This tool does not measure if students just like the space, or if students’ grades achievement went up, but truly if the academic engagement levels increased based on the built environment. A sample was designed and tested with goals including 1) answer the research question, 2) build a reliable and valid instrument, and 3) hopefully research significance. Respondents saw a real effect of the physical environment on student engagement in both their teaching and learning. Come hear how research efforts are used to develop a survey instrument, gain an understanding of why our firm believes in generating an empirical research platform using academic scientific standards, and discuss the survey outcomes through an interactive Q&A session to more fully understand the process, and the possibilities of incorporating a tool like this.

Learning Objectives:
  • Become aware of the research efforts used to develop a survey instrument looking at the impact of the design of the built environment on student engagement;
  • Recognize the significance of this type of research on reducing anxiety for developing the macro and micro environments for schools for decision makers
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of why one architectural firm believes in generating an empirical research platform using academic scientific standards;
  • Discuss the details shared in the presentation through an interactive Q&A session to more fully understand the (a) process, and (b) possibilities of incorporating a tool such as the one developed.
Primary Competency:

Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy.

Primary Domain:

Learning: Content of this session/workshop will focus on how we learn and/or how the physical environment responds specifically to various methods of instruction, pedagogies, learning styles, or learning trends.

Secondary Domain:

Toolbox: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the approaches, methods and applications when transitioning from design and concept into reality, actual existence through quality performance, execution and/or product.