Martha SandersMartha Sanders
Associate professor of occupational therapy
Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences

Classroom Design And Student Engagement: An Exploratory Study (2012 Project)
This study examined student engagement as related to classroom design of 189 health science students in four different courses. Measures of student engagement included behavioral, cognitive, and emotional aspects of engagement as measured through the National Study of Student Engagement (NSSE) (selected sections). In four classes, two sections of the same class session were compared according to classroom space design: grouped tables or traditional rows. Results indicated that students in lecture-based classes with objectives for basic understanding showed higher cognitive engagement in classrooms organized in traditional rows; whereas students in group-focused classes with objectives for synthesizing information showed higher cognitive engagement in classroom space organized around grouped tables.

Conference Presentations

  • Classroom Design And Student Engagement: An Exploratory Study, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Sept. 30- Oct. 4, 2013.
  • University as the Setting for Experiential Learning, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Sept. 30- Oct. 4, 2013.

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