The physical classroom environment: roles, conceptions, and preferences
2016 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
The problem addressed in this thesis is that a considerable proportion of students around the world attend school in inadequate facilities, which is detrimental for the students’ learning outcome. The overall objective in this thesis is to develop a methodology, with a novel approach to involve teachers, to generate a valuable basis for decisions regarding design and improvement of physical school environment, based on the expressed needs for a specific school, municipality, or district as well as evidence from existing research. Three studies have been conducted to fulfil the objective: (1) a systematic literature review and development of a theoretical model for analysing the role of the physical environment in schools; (2) semi structured interviews with teachers to get their conceptions of the physical school environment; (3) a stated preference study with experimental design as an online survey. Wordings from the transcripts from the interview study were used when designing the survey form. The aim of the stated preference study was to examine the usability of the method when applied in this new context of physical school environment. The result is the methodology with a mixed method chain where the first step involves a broad investigation of the specific circumstances and conceptions for the specific school, municipality, or district. The second step is to use the developed theoretical model and results from the literature study to analyse the results from the first step and transform them in to a format that fits the design of a stated preference study. The final step is a refined version of the procedure of the performed stated preference study.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borlänge: Högskolan Dalarna, 2016. , 15 p.
Dalarna Licentiate Theses, 5
Research subject Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-23200ISBN: 978-91-85941-98-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-23200DiVA: diva2:975065