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dc.contributor.advisor Pément, Dr. Nancy-Jean
dc.contributor.author Ellis, Courtney
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-27T18:29:02Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-27T18:29:02Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/204066
dc.description.abstract Effective design of community spaces is an integral part of the educational experience in higher education. However, spaces are often designed without a clear understanding of what students need in a space and how it affects their experience. Utilizing qualitative methods consisting of semi-structured interviews and a demographic questionnaire, the impact of community space design on the student experience was explored. The study included seven participants who were current students at a public, four-year, commuter campus in Southern California. Data were analyzed by engaging in open and axial coding to identify emerging themes across the interviews. The findings affirmed that students have a better experience in and prefer community spaces that provide a variety of comfortable seating options that are easily moveable. The overall condition of the space is also important including well-maintained and regularly cleaned furniture and spaces. Findings suggested that students used community spaces for a variety of reasons including to study, meet with classmates, socialize with friends, relax, and to eat, to name a few. Most importantly, students wanted spaces that make them feel safe to perform the previously mentioned tasks. en_US
dc.format.extent 68 en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher California State University Channel Islands en_US
dc.subject Space design en_US
dc.subject Higher education en_US
dc.subject Thesis en_US
dc.subject Furniture en_US
dc.subject Education thesis en_US
dc.title Community Space Design in Higher Education en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Grier, Dr. Jeanne
dc.contributor.committeeMember Sevier, Dr. Brian

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