Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Qualitative Study Investigating Facility Managers' Perceptions of the Classroom Learning Environment
by Parr, Eric Shannon, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2017, 142; 10680808
Abstract (Summary)

Facility managers have the challenge of adhering to community college policies and procedures while fulfilling requirements of administration, students, and teachers concerning specific needs of classroom aesthetics. The role of facility manager and how specific entities affect perceptions of the design and implementation of classroom aesthetics were presented in this study in an attempt to further clarify present classroom design practices and future aesthetic possibilities. The purpose of this study was to explore and compare a facility manager’s perceptions of classroom learning environments, and a student’s learning environment aesthetic needs. A qualitative research design was utilized within the theoretical framework of the human ecological theory. Six research participants were selected from Missouri community colleges to participate in this study based on job description. Interviews were conducted and four themes emerged: (1) finance, (2) flexibility, (3) foundational belief, and (4) focus. The findings revealed were reinforced by research previously performed on facility manage-ment. Implications for the study include community college facility managers researching and collaborating to increase their knowledge of aesthetics in college classrooms. In fu-ture research, the insight of college presidents, students, and teachers could be explored. Students may be asked about their perceptions of building facilities in regards to their learning, wellness, comfort and the desire to stay and complete their courses of study. Controlled variables such as participant areas in different classrooms settings may also be considered as a quantitative research study (Fraenkel, Wallen, & Hyun, 2015; Maxwell, 2013).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bishop, Rhonda
Commitee: DeVore, Sherry, Reid, Terry
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education
Keywords: Classroom aesthetics, Classroom design, Facility management
Publication Number: 10680808
ISBN: 9780355488999
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