RA6 Campus Landscaped and Learning Spaces

In Kathleen Scholl and Gowri Gulwadi’s article Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces, they discuss the importance of both a structured and unstructured learning spaces. They mention how important the structure of classrooms are and how historically this has been the true and tested method for the average student to retain the most information. However, as this article discusses, students are better off if they have a multitude of learning environments with traditional classrooms and untraditional places often lead to the best outcome to learn and retain information.

These untraditional places are crucial for not only the outlier students that would do better learning in a different environment but also the average typical student. Some of these different learning environments include “nature trails and public outdoor areas”. This concept does not seem to difficult to grasp in that students that take advance of as many different learning as they can will often have a better chance of succeeding than those that are confined to classrooms. However, this brings us to another issue. Typically those that can take advantage of different learning environments are those of middle or upper class areas where they have access to things like nature trails. Where as, those in the inner cities would often be confined to only being able to learn in the traditional classrooms. This puts these students at an either further disadvantage.

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