RA 6: Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces

“Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces”  by Kathleen G Scholl and Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi does a great job to summarize the importance of campus landscapes for educational advancement in students. At the beginning of the article the authors contextualize the reader by giving recent statistics about the growing number of student enrollment. Also, they emphasize how student involvement has changed over the years.  According to Scholl and Gulwadi, ” Increased technology use within today’s multitasking society is likely to hijack a student’s attentional resource placing her/him at risk of underachieving academic learning goals and undermining success at a university.” In other words, society has shifted the way students develop in universities and deeply affected their success.

Following the critique to the way university success has shifted Scholl and Gulwadi proceed to talk about the history of campus landscapes. Scholl and Gulwadi states, “Physical landscape features had a direct impact on shaping human behavior.” In making this comment, Scholl and Gulwadi urge us to believe the way campuses are designed may deeply affect the learning process of students. Many statistics shown afterwards prove this assertion is true.

In conclusion, the way campuses are designed deeply affect university students. According to Scholl and Gulwadi, “Traditional campus indoor spaces, by necessity and function, provide ample opportunities for structured learning experiences that draw upon students’ direct attention.” Scholl and Gulwadi make a claim that university administrators must be careful with the way campuses are set up due to the implications this may have with students abilities to succeed.

 

 (American University Campus. Photo taken from AU webpage)

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