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Academic buildings and their influence on students' wellbeing in higher education institutions

Sapri, Maimunah and Muhammad, Shehu and Sipan, Ibrahim (2014) Academic buildings and their influence on students' wellbeing in higher education institutions. Social Indicators Research, 115 (3). pp. 1159-1178. ISSN 0303-8300

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-013-0262-6


The purpose of this study is to explore the perception of students about aspects of academic building that affect their wellbeing. The study adopts focus group discussion using semi structured interview guide to elicit their responses. Six different groups of students participated in the study. Interviews were recorded using digital audio recorder and were later transcribed to text. The qualitative data obtained was analysed through content analysis. Six key themes that emerged from the analysis are: comfort; health and safety; access and quality of facilities; space provision and adequacy; participation and inclusiveness; interaction. These six items are considered as parameters that are important to students' wellbeing in relation to academic buildings. The most emphasised aspects of academic building that are essential to meeting students need include thermal conditions, internet access, furniture, duration of access, availability of refreshment facilities, availability of discussion room and availability of personal workstation. This implies that facilities managers in higher education institutions should give adequate attention to these identified aspects of academic buildings as they can potentially affect students output

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:academic buildings, facilities, focus group, students, wellbeing
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions:Geoinformation and Real Estate
ID Code:51699
Deposited By: Siti Nor Hashidah Zakaria
Deposited On:01 Feb 2016 11:52
Last Modified:16 Oct 2018 15:30

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