An Empirical Study on Ambient Conditions and Learning Effectiveness of State Universities in Sri Lanka: A Case Study in Selected Faculties of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Keywords:Learning Effectiveness, Undergraduates, Education, Ambient Conditions
This study examined the relationship between the ambient conditions and the learning effectiveness of undergraduates at state universities in Sri Lanka based on a case study conducted at University of Sri Jayewardenepura. A The general objective of this research is to identify the relationship between ambient conditions in the physical environment to enhance the learning effectiveness of state university undergraduates. Ambient conditions: temperature, Lighting, Seat Arrangements, Ambient Intelligence, and Color were the independent variables of the research whereas Learning effectiveness was the dependent variable. A hundred undergraduates from two faculties of the university were selected through a random sampling method and collected data through a structured questionnaire. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches were utilized in the analysis. The correlation analysis has been employed to identify the relationship between ambient conditions and learning effectiveness. Ten hypotheses were tested using the Pearson correlation test and all the hypotheses were rejected. Further, the study employed another four tests named Mean analysis, Demographic profile, Existing facilities, and Ambient preferences. As per the findings of the study all the tested ambient conditions create a positive relationship with the learning effectiveness of the undergraduates in both faculties. However, due to the multiple regression results, only the Temperature and Lighting create an impact on learning effectiveness. Most of the architects and educational administers were faced with difficulties in creating comfortable environments to develop learning effectiveness. Therefore, these findings can suggest the best solutions for a better learning environment. Moreover, developers can add some features to the learning environment based on student’s feedback.
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Keywords: Learning Effectiveness, Undergraduates, Education, Ambient Conditions