Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Student unions; College students -- Social conditions;
The purpose of this paper is to better understand the effect of the college union physical environment upon informal social interaction. The application of such knowledge may enable college union practitioners to design college union physical settings that enhance, rather than impede, student-faculty and peer informal interaction. This paper briefly presents pertinent research concerning the outcomes associated with student-faculty and peer interaction. Relevant person-environment interaction and physical-environmental models are examined. The social relationship between architecture and human interaction behavior is addressed, as well as the consequential affect of interior seating and furniture arrangements on informal interaction. The ambient environment which impacts the quality and pleasantness of social function within the physical setting is reviewed. Finally, implications of the models and research for college unions is presented.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Administration and Counseling
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©1994 Richard David Fekel
Fekel, Richard David, "Social interaction in the college union environment: An examination of the physical setting" (1994). Graduate Research Papers. 2320.