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An investigation of learning spaces at iupui john fierst

An Investigation of Learning Spaces at IUPUI

John Fierst

Gender and the Learning Environment


Learning environments

Learning Environments

  • Classroom or study space

  • Taken in a variety of campus buildings:

    • IT Building

    • School of Science

    • Engineering and Technology

    • University Library

    • Kelley/SPEA

    • Education/Social Work

    • Cavanaugh Hall

    • Taylor Hall


Photo examples

Photo Examples


Survey participants

Survey Participants

  • 138 Total Responses

  • 98 Females, 40 Males

  • Basis of Data Analysis

    • Masculine, Slightly Masculine, Neutral, Slightly Feminine, Feminine

      • Masculine = 1

      • Slightly Masculine = 2

      • Neutral = 3

      • Slightly Feminine = 4

      • Feminine = 5


Results

Results

  • Analysis done with respect to the entire 138 participants

    • Of the entire 4140 responses collected (138x30)…

      • 1188 – Masculine (28.7%)

      • 730 – Slightly Masculine (17.6%)

      • 1845 – Neutral (44.6%)

      • 795 – Slightly Feminine (19.2%)

      • 1130 – Feminine (27.3%)

    • Nearly half of the responses were neutral


Results1

Results

  • Analysis done with respect to the entire 138 participants

    • Most feminine space = 4.333

    • Most masculine space = 1.906


Results2

Results

  • Analysis done with respect to the entire 138 participants

    • Distribution of learning environments


Results3

Results

  • Most neutral classrooms: 2.975 and 3.075 respectively

    • Women saw the orange space as slightly more masculine, and men saw it as more neutral


Results4

Results

  • Analysis done with respect to gender

    • Small differences between male and female respondents

    • Same room appeared most masculine and most feminine to both genders

    • Top row = female; bottom row = male


Results5

Results

  • Analysis done with respect to school/building

    • Honors College – more feminine

      • Runner Up: The Tower

    • Lecture Hall – more masculine

      • Runner Up: IT


Connections to r325 kimmel

Connections to R325/Kimmel

  • Interplanetary Theory of Gender Difference

    • Survey results show we’re more alike than different

  • Hidden Curriculum

    • Informal interactions with professors and students

    • Based on my survey, this could extend to the way we perceive and interact with our learning environments


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • Our university’s learning environments are mostly neutral (half of responses and over half of classrooms were neutral).

  • Men and women seemed to define gendered learning environments in the same way.

  • Newer spaces should consider gendered visual appearance.


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