Reading Summary #4: Kathleen G. Scholl and Gowri Betrabet Gulwad – “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces”

Reading Summary #4: Kathleen G. Scholl and Gowri Betrabet Gulwad – “Recognizing Campus Landscapes as Learning Spaces”   In today’s day and age, the human being is exposed to a high traffic volume of people, places and things. It has increasingly diminished our capacity to remained focus in the institution level on tasks at hand and has forced us, as students, to find ways to retain focus and trick our mind from mental fatigue. This article, by Kathleen School and Gowri Gulwad relates early campus landscape to current campus landscapes and how “attention fatigue” is rising. They also give us evidence in how a holistic approach to campus landscape will allow a more direct or indirect exposure to “nature” and inhibit our ability to remain focused for a longer period of time.   Kathleen and Gowri first start their claim by explaining to us how historically campuses were designed to be almost a community within a community. They explain how in the early years of universities, campus’ were a place where kids would have “safe havens” and direct exposure to nature. It was a place where they could continuously learn and maintain the proper mental energy to keep focus. This is a time where only the wealthy were predominantly found on college campuses. It worked for them, but now since the demographic has changed new ways of holistic thinking is necessary for adoption to adapt to the ways the current college student requires. Now, more than ever students are on all sides of the spectrum from first generation college goers, to even single parents battling multiple jobs and still...

Changing How Student’s Learn Through Campus Landscaping

Campus with Nature The way a campus is structured has an impact on how students in the school learn. Back then, campuses were designed to look apart from other environments so students could feel that they are in a “learning environment” but with an area to move freely ( Scholl 53). Now campuses are made to steer students in different learning experience. There a two focuses “help conceptualize future campus planning in relation to student learning” ( Scholl 53). 1) “direct and indirect attention and restoration” 2) “holistic landscape” The addition of natural landscapes and views from the indoors to a natural landscape enables the individual in the campus to be calm, as well refreshed. The use of “nature” can “help to maintain or restore cognitive function such as direct attention, problem solving, focus and concentration, impulse inhibition, and memory” ( Scholl 55). A “holistic landscape” provides students with restoration. Even little things like more space in classroom seats can augment a student’s learning experience. Spatial...
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