Since 2006, several institutions have used a pair of Learning Behaviors & Learning Spaces questionnaires I developed that ask student and faculty members to
- identify which specific intentional learning behaviors (mostly drawn from the National Survey of Student Engagement) are important to them,
- say whether their campus provides space that is supportive of the learning behaviors they identify as important, and
- specify (from a list) the particular non-classroom spaces that are supportive of learning.
The survey instruments may be consulted through the following links
Student and faculty member members respond to all three questions in notably different ways. Their responses enable planners to map the distinctively supportive learning spaces across campus.
Please use the contact information at the bottom of this page to express your interest in this project.
Survey results from one liberal arts college are reported, along with other survey data on related topics, in my paper, “Designing for Uncertainty: Three Approaches,” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 33.2 (2007): 165-179.
Six institutions used the questionnaires between 2006 and 2009 with the understanding that the resulting data would figure, anonymously, in a report on the findings, value, and space planning implications of the surveys. That report is titled "Learning Behaviors and Learning Spaces" and was published in portal: Libraries and the Academy, 11.3 (July 2011): 765-789.
The six surveys resulted in far more data than could reasonably be published in portal. There follows the complete set of data and related material on which the published report is based.
1. The survey instruments: see the links provided above.
1.1 List of learning behaviors
1.2 List of learning spaces
2. Summary of survey findings
2.1 Institutional profiles
2.2 Student demographics
2.3 Faculty member demographics
2.4 Reponses to Question 1, by institution (Chart 1 in the portal article)
2.5 Reponses to Question 1, by learning behavior (Chart 2 in the portal article)
2.6 Reponses to Question 2, by learning behavior (Chart 3 in the portal article)
2.7 Reponses to Question 2, by institution (Chart 4 in the portal article)
2.8 Reponses to Question 3, by institution (Chart 5 in the portal article)
3. Survey data underlying the summary findings
3.1a Student responses to Question 1
3.1b Faculty member responses to Question 1
3.2a Student responses to Question 2
3.2b Faculty member responses to Question 2
3.3 Statistically significant z scores for responses to Question 3
4. Statistical analysis of Question 3 responses
4.1a/b College A: Student and faculty member responses to Question 3
4.2a/b College B: Student and faculty member responses to Question 3
4.3a/b University C: Student and faculty member responses to Question 3
4.4a/b University D: Student and faculty member responses to Question 3
4.5a/b University E: Student and faculty member responses to Question 3
4.6a/b University F: Student and faculty member responses to Question 3
5. Instructions for the institutions using the questionnaires
6. Secondary questionnaire used to assess the value of the learning behaviors surveys to those who initiated them
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