Date of Award

Fall 8-2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Rhonda Bishop

Second Advisor

Dr. Sherry DeVore

Third Advisor

Dr. Terry Reid

Abstract

Facility managers have the challenge of adhering to community college policies and procedures while fulfilling requirements of administration, students, and teachers concerning specific needs of classroom aesthetics. The role of facility manager and how specific entities affect perceptions of the design and implementation of classroom aesthetics were presented in this study in an attempt to further clarify present classroom design practices and future aesthetic possibilities. The purpose of this study was to explore and compare a facility manager’s perceptions of classroom learning environments, and a student’s learning environment aesthetic needs. A qualitative research design was utilized within the theoretical framework of the human ecological theory. Six research participants were selected from Missouri community colleges to participate in this study based on job description. Interviews were conducted and four themes emerged: (1) finance, (2) flexibility, (3) foundational belief, and (4) focus. The findings revealed were reinforced by research previously performed on facility management. Implications for the study include community college facility managers researching and collaborating to increase their knowledge of aesthetics in college classrooms. In future research, the insight of college presidents, students, and teachers could be explored. Students may be asked about their perceptions of building facilities in regards to their learning, wellness, comfort and the desire to stay and complete their courses of study. Controlled variables such as participant areas in different classrooms settings may also be considered as a quantitative research study (Fraenkel, Wallen, & Hyun, 2015; Maxwell, 2013).

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