Faculty Advisor

Leah Nillas

Graduation Year

2018

Location

Foyer, State Farm Hall

Start Date

21-4-2018 11:00 AM

End Date

21-4-2018 12:00 PM

Description

Alternate work spaces are seating choices that offer other options to a desk and chair. In this study, students were allowed some choice in which work space they used because, student choice increases engagement and decreases the amount of disruptive behaviors (Lane, Royer, Messenger, Common, Ennis, & Swogger, 2015). However, student selection of their own seating has also been shown to increase off-task behaviors such as talking (Bicard, Ervin, Bicard, & Baylot-Casey, 2012). The purpose of this study is to determine how student choice impacts the effectiveness of alternative work spaces in the classroom. Fourth grade students were observed while utilizing different alternate work spaces to document the impact that these work spaces had on their emotional and behavioral engagement. The data was collected from teacher narratives and student preferences of the alternate work spaces. Results from the data show that student choice of alternate work spaces is effective in emotionally engaging the students, and only sometimes effective in engaging students behaviorally.

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Apr 21st, 11:00 AM Apr 21st, 12:00 PM

Student Choice and Alternate Work Spaces

Foyer, State Farm Hall

Alternate work spaces are seating choices that offer other options to a desk and chair. In this study, students were allowed some choice in which work space they used because, student choice increases engagement and decreases the amount of disruptive behaviors (Lane, Royer, Messenger, Common, Ennis, & Swogger, 2015). However, student selection of their own seating has also been shown to increase off-task behaviors such as talking (Bicard, Ervin, Bicard, & Baylot-Casey, 2012). The purpose of this study is to determine how student choice impacts the effectiveness of alternative work spaces in the classroom. Fourth grade students were observed while utilizing different alternate work spaces to document the impact that these work spaces had on their emotional and behavioral engagement. The data was collected from teacher narratives and student preferences of the alternate work spaces. Results from the data show that student choice of alternate work spaces is effective in emotionally engaging the students, and only sometimes effective in engaging students behaviorally.