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Just as faculty and curriculum are critical concerns for anycollege or university, other components of the campus environmenthold equal significance for student learning and satisfaction.While there have been many books about the effects of environmentson people, there have been few that focus on the many complexitiesof campus settings and how they contribute to student success andthe quality of learning experiences. Educating by Design fills theinformation gap by providing a comprehensive model for creatingstudent-friAndly and learning-supportive campus environments.

Authors C. Carney Strange and James H. Banning are nationallyrecognized experts on campus environments. They draw from decadesof research and experience to present an integrated framework forassessing and understanding academic environments. They describethe principles and concepts that define effectiveperson-environment interactions and examine how these principleswork through four different environmental components: physical,aggregate, organizational, and socially constructed. They alsodiscuss the four conditions for successful learning: inclusion,safety, involvement, and community. Filled with engaging anecdotesand practical examples, this long-awaited volume helps academicadministrators and student services professionals to plan effectiveprograms and build supportive learning communities.

Many books explore the effects of environments on people, butthere are few that examine the complexities of campus settings andhow they contribute to student learning and success. "Educating byDesign" fills the information gap by providing a comprehensivemodel for creating student-friendly and learning-supportive campusenvironments.The authors draw from decades of research andexperience to present an integrated framework for assessing andunderstanding academic environments. They describe the key conceptsdefining effective person-environment interactions and examine howthese principles work through four different environmentalcomponents: physical, aggregate, organizational, and sociallyconstructed.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Finally, a book that summarizes and synthesizes the powerfulinfluence of collegiate environments. This rich blAnd of theory andpractice will help both scholars and practitioners betterunderstand and build collegiate environments which promote studentsuccess." (M. Lee Upcraft, assistant vice president emeritus forstudent affairs, Penn State University)

"Educating by Design is a much-needed, succinct summary of theleading theoretical perspectives and empirical work that explainhow different features of college campuses affect behavior."(George D. Kuh, professor of higher education and associate dean ofthe faculties, Indiana University-Bloomington)

"This book should be required reading for all who seek to improvethe process and outcomes of higher education—from provosts andfaculty to residence hall directors and facilities managers. CarneyStrange and Jim Banning provide theoretical grounding and practicaltools to help us make educational environments more effective."(Donna L. McKinley, vice chancellor, Student Affairs, University ofMichigan-Dearborn)

"A must read for anyone interested in creating educationally soundcampus environments. This book provides both a comprehensive reviewof environmental theory and practical strategies for enhancingstudent learning." (Nancy J. Evans, associate professor andcoordinator, Higher Education Program, Iowa State University)

"Practitioners and students of all ages will greatly benefit fromreading this synthesis of learning environment research and theory.The book draws on an impressively broad array of literature, andyet is organized for practical use. This is an important and timelycontribution to higher education." (Will Barratt, associateprofessor of counseling, Indiana State University)

Safety, inclusion, involvement, and community experience are here identified as the key elements necessary to create a successful classroom environment. Following this premise, Strange (higher education, Bowling Green State U.) and Banning (education, Colorado State U.) survey recent literature as they examine the impact on learning of different kinds of environments, including physical, aggregate, organizational, and constructed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787910464
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 405,247
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Carney Strange is a Professor of Higher Education andStudent Affairs in the College of Education and Human Developmentat Bowling Green State University.

James H. Banning is a Professor in the School ofEducation at Colorado State University.

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Table of Contents

Physical Environments: The Role of Design and Space.

Aggregate Environments: The Impact of Human Characteristics.

Organizational Environments: How Institutional Goals AreAchieved.

Constructed Environments: Different Views Through DifferentEyes.


Promoting Safe and Inclusive Environments.

Encouraging Involvement and Participation.

Creating a Community of Learners.

Challenges of Computer-Mediated Environments.

Designing by Education.

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