Factors that influence students’ satisfaction with their physical learning environments

Hannah Kira Wilson (School of the Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)
Alison Cotgrave (School of the Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Publication date: 11 July 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify personality types between different university disciplines, and to establish whether there are differing requirements in the design of physical learning environment. Also to identify features of the learning environment that can support a sense of community. This paper seeks to investigate the relationship between student’s personality and preferences of features of the built environment.

Design/methodology/approach

Quantitative questionnaires were distributed in three university disciplines based on the variables personality, elements of the physical learning environment and features that could support a sense of community.

Findings

The analysis revealed that there are differences in preferred features within the physical learning environment for the three university disciplines within a large UK-based university. It can also be seen that there are differences in personality profiles between these three university disciplines. Features of the environment that could support a sense of community have been also identified.

Research limitations/implications

Those who are responsible for the design and refurbishment of higher education institutions may find this research useful to improve the facilities for students. To support the development of appropriate physical learning spaces through the understanding of students’ requirements.

Originality/value

This paper presents a new perspective on how the development of higher education facilities can be designed to increase student experience by identifying specific features of the physical learning environment students prefer.

Keywords

Citation

Hannah Kira Wilson and Alison Cotgrave (2016) "Factors that influence students’ satisfaction with their physical learning environments", Structural Survey, Vol. 34 No. 3, pp. 256-275

Download as .RIS

DOI

: https://doi.org/10.1108/SS-01-2016-0004

Publisher

:

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2016, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Please note you might not have access to this content

You may be able to access this content by login via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
If you would like to contact us about accessing this content, click the button and fill out the form.
To rent this content from Deepdyve, please click the button.