Capstone/Dissertation Title

Creating A 21St - Century Learning Space


Spring 2017



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Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Margot Galt

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Julie Waldron

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Jennifer Santamaria


The research conducted in this study addresses the question: How to create a 21st-Century learning space? During the study, observations, surveys, and photographs are used to understand some of the ergonomic needs of the students in a third grade classroom. The researcher documents the exact methods used and utilizes related research literature as a basis for this study. She reflects on how the space has an impact on the students’ learning experience, and how the teacher can modify the space to fit the needs of the 21st-century students. The research finds that the learning space has a big influence on the students’ learning experience, and highlights the importance of creating learning spaces that accommodate different learning scenarios (individual, one on one, small group, and whole class instruction. The research also shows that classroom furniture should allow movement, and adapt to children’s growth, with its different pace for various individuals.

Research Methodology

Action Research, Case Study, Observation, Survey (attitude scale, opinion, questionnaire)


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