The evaluation of physical learning environments: a critical review of the literature
AuthorCleveland, B; Fisher, K
Source TitleLearning Environments Research
AffiliationArchitecture, Building and Planning
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsCleveland, B; Fisher, K, The evaluation of physical learning environments: a critical review of the literature, Learning Environments Research, 2014, 17 (1), pp. 1 - 28
Access StatusOpen Access
This article critically reviews the methodologies and methods that have been used for the evaluation of physical learning environments. To contextualize discussion about the evaluation of learning spaces, we initially chart the development of post-occupancy evaluation (POE) for non-domestic buildings. We then discuss the recent evolution of POE into the broader evaluative framework of building performance evaluation. Subsequently, a selection of approaches used to evaluate higher education and school learning environments are compared and critically analyzed in view of contemporary approaches to teaching and learning. Gaps in these evaluative approaches are identified and an argument is put forward for the evaluation of physical learning environments from a more rigorous pedagogical perspective.
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