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8 Out Of 10 Cats


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Presentation given by Faye Jackson and Phil Cheeseman at the Fourth Symposium of Social Learning Spaces, Oxford Brookes, 6th April 2009

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8 Out Of 10 Cats

  1. 1. Exploring the perceptions of school children and their relevance in future proofing learning space design
  2. 2. Session outline <ul><li>Pilot study – 4 groups from 3 schools, ages 11-15 </li></ul><ul><li>2 activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>classroom voting activity, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>designing a library – group activity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In this session we will be recreating these activities, sharing the results, exploring common themes and the challenges of designing learning spaces </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background to the Study <ul><li>About Roehampton University </li></ul><ul><li>Developments in the existing library </li></ul><ul><li>Library review, new library building </li></ul>
  4. 4. Background to the Study <ul><li>Annual library student survey </li></ul><ul><li>Question – who should we be asking? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Activity 1: How do you study? <ul><li>Using and audience response system, we ask groups of school children how they study. </li></ul><ul><li>The following slides present some of the things we asked – for each question, select what you think would have been the most popular choice. </li></ul>
  6. 6. We asked 86 school children where they preferred to do their homework. Which of the following was the most popular response? <ul><li>Sitting at a desk or table </li></ul><ul><li>Lounging on the sofa with TV on </li></ul><ul><li>Sat on your bed, listening to music </li></ul><ul><li>In the garden </li></ul><ul><li>Quietly in a library </li></ul>
  7. 7. Our survey said … They also told us: Most prefer to work alone (42%) or with a friend (47%). They occasionally use school libraries (28%) and public libraries (25%) Our students want to study: At a desk In a quiet area On their own With access to PCs During the day With food and drink
  8. 8. We asked ‘Who would you be most likely to ask if you needed help with your homework?’ <ul><li>Friend </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Other people </li></ul>
  9. 9. Our survey said … Our students tell us: They want help to find resources (77%, n=944),
  10. 10. Where would you most frequently go for information to help with homework? <ul><li>School text books </li></ul><ul><li>Library books </li></ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Other people </li></ul>
  11. 11. Our survey said … Our students tell us they want: “ more books, longer loans and higher amount of books you can take out” “ It would be great if we had more electronic resources, so if we cannot find the books we need there is an alternative.”
  12. 12. How do you prefer to communicate with your friends when you are not together? <ul><li>MSN messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Texting </li></ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul><ul><li>Bebo, Facebook, etc. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Our survey said … Our students tell us: They also communicate in a variety of ways, but when it comes to us communicating with them they prefer email or information on web pages.
  14. 14. When you are not doing homework, which of the following are you most likely to do to relax? <ul><li>Listen to music on iPod or MP3 player </li></ul><ul><li>Play on a games console </li></ul><ul><li>Surf the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Chat to friends online </li></ul><ul><li>Watch TV/DVD </li></ul>
  15. 15. Our survey said …
  16. 16. Activity 2: Designing a library / learning space <ul><li>In groups, sketch / plan / list features you would wish to have in an ideal Library / Learning Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Present to the group (recorded) </li></ul><ul><li>Looked at recurring themes </li></ul>
  17. 17. Building design <ul><li>Building design (12/18) </li></ul>“ The outside is all glass and in the summer it lets the light in and in the winter, it’s like the back of a car with the lines, they like heat up, collects the sunlight and heats up all of the library.” “… and it has windows for brightness it will be a relaxing and soothing place to be, it has high-tech equipment and will be more like a fun place than work place.”
  18. 18. Social areas, comfy furniture and refreshments <ul><li>Social areas (10/18) </li></ul><ul><li>Comfy furniture (18/18) </li></ul><ul><li>Refreshments (16/18) </li></ul>“ There’s a relaxing area that’s basically loads of cushions and sofas and televisions.” “ We’ve got a brain booster bar, like cocktails but brain boosting like lucozade, and then there’s beds if you want to have a nap.”
  19. 19. TV, Music, Chill out <ul><li>TV (16/18) </li></ul><ul><li>Music (13/18) </li></ul><ul><li>Chill out (13/18) </li></ul>“ Well this is our like learning place and we have like the rest room to do what you want like relax. Then you have like the leisure room and then you have like the learning place with the MyPod and the TV.” “ We’ve got the MyPod, its like your bed, you fall asleep in it and in your sleep learning flows in to your brain and its only 15 milllion pounds.”
  20. 20. Books and computers <ul><li>Books (17/18) </li></ul><ul><li>Computers (18/18) </li></ul>“ Room with a slide and a firemans pole, and theres all books and a personal book assistant, vending machines, in here you can hire a geek and there’s a library mum.” “ Computer room has got laptops and ipods in there, you can like take the laptops anywhere cause there’s wireless and you can just get an ipod to listen to your own music.”
  21. 21. They also wanted <ul><li>A comfortable environment </li></ul><ul><li>That is colourful </li></ul><ul><li>And has staff on hand to help </li></ul><ul><li>As well as … </li></ul><ul><li>Art work on display, events and performances, vending machines / stationery shops, desks, quiet areas and games consoles </li></ul>
  22. 22. What does this tell us? <ul><li>Very mixed responses to questions and in plans </li></ul><ul><li>Some recurring themes and some similarity to what our students say </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe it raises more questions than it answers? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is social learning space just fashion? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do we meet a huge variety of differing needs? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who do we ask to get the answers? </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Your views, your questions? <ul><li>Faye Jackson </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Phil Cheeseman </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation available at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>