In their “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces” authors, Kathleen G Scholl and Gulwadi Betrabet argue that the actual/physical is an important component of the education of the students that attend the university. Scholl and Gulwadi further explain that the overall health of the spaces on campus is an important part of learning.
Scholl and Gulwadi understand that a mixture of indoor and outdoor spaces should be used as a “catalyst” that will “promote a sense of belonging to the learning community.” By presenting such argument, Scholl and Gulwadi bring up the idea that the environment and overall culture a college campus will impact greatly the learning outcomes and overall student experience. Though that idea is known, not many have explored the influence of open spaces on learning. Scholl and Gulwadi continue their argument by stating that both indoor and outdoor spaces presence is even more important with the rise of such things like climate, ecology, global warming and “green infrastructure.”
Using the works of such authors as Hartig and Kaplan, Scholl and Gulwadi declare that “interaction with nature, in particular, can help to maintain or restore cognitive function such as direct attention, problem solving, focus and concentration, impulse inhibition, and memory, which can become depleted from fatigue or with overuse.” To help visualize their argument, Scholl and Gulwadi presenting the different categories of university campuses that are currently available and the types of forms they either offer or not
Scholl and Gulwadi’s main point seems to argue the fact that there needs to be a change in perspective on how college campuses are viewed and the true importance of it. In other words, there should not be in anyway limits to the access to the spaces on a college campus. For them, “the entire campus landscape as a learning space and advertising its educational value – that is emphasizes something deeper than what meets the eye.” There should be more research and exploration to such an idea that the campus as a whole is a learning space that is responsible for the performance of the academic experience of the students.
SCHOLL, Kathleen G; GULWADI, Gowri Betrabet. Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces. Journal of Learning Spaces, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, july 2015. ISSN 21586195. Available at: <http://libjournal.uncg.edu/jls/article/view/972/777>. Date accessed: 08 may 2017.
Hartig, T., Mitchell, R., de Vries, S., & Frumkin, H. (2014). Nature and Health. Annual Review of Public Health, 7(44) doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032013-182443.