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Developing new approaches to the evaluation of physical learning environments: A return to the origins of post-occupancy evaluation in environmental psychology

B Cleveland, M Baguley

Australian Association for Research in Education | AARE | Published : 2015


This paper calls for new approaches to the evaluation of physical learning environments and suggests future directions for research in the field. Prior research across the primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors has revealed a variety of metrics by which the performance of educational facilities can be measured. However, if physical learning environments are to be considered as spaces that provide a range of affordances for teaching and learning, improved methods are required to evaluate the effectiveness of ‘units of the environment’ as pedagogical settings. For more than 40 years, the field of post-occupancy evaluation has provided direction regarding how evidence can be gathered..

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