Title

The Impact of Classroom Design on Active Learning

Presenter Information

Sophia Longwell

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Biological Sciences

Research Advisor

Schwartze, Michelle

Advisor's Department

Teacher Education and Certification

Funding Source

FYRE Project

Abstract

Education in the twenty-first century has been moving towards a STEM focus. Active learning classrooms incorporated within them create an environment in which collaboration and critical thinking come alive. These benefits can be restricted if the setting is not easily adaptable to make such changes. While many elementary and secondary classrooms have created more flexible seating options to accomocate for active learning, many higher education classrooms remain more traditional and are not easily adaptable for active learning. This study will explore how the seup of a classroom impacts active learning in a college classroom. In order to explore this, student surveys will be evaluated in order to address themes that appear throughout. The qualitative survey data will be used to create a table in order to address the themes involved. The results from this study will help teachers and students alike understand the impacts of learning based on classroom setup.

Biography

Sophia Longwell is a freshman at Missouri S&T studying biological sciences with an emphasis in pre-medicine. She is from Wentzville, Missouri and has plans to attend medical school after graduating. Additionally, her involvement in organizations such as Kappa Delta Sorority, Chancellor's Leadership Academy, and SCRUBS, has grown her ability to realize the sky has no limit. This is her first research opportunity on campus and she aspires to work on others in the near future.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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The Impact of Classroom Design on Active Learning

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Education in the twenty-first century has been moving towards a STEM focus. Active learning classrooms incorporated within them create an environment in which collaboration and critical thinking come alive. These benefits can be restricted if the setting is not easily adaptable to make such changes. While many elementary and secondary classrooms have created more flexible seating options to accomocate for active learning, many higher education classrooms remain more traditional and are not easily adaptable for active learning. This study will explore how the seup of a classroom impacts active learning in a college classroom. In order to explore this, student surveys will be evaluated in order to address themes that appear throughout. The qualitative survey data will be used to create a table in order to address the themes involved. The results from this study will help teachers and students alike understand the impacts of learning based on classroom setup.