Design for Self – Directed Learning Spaces in University Case Study at Thammasat University, Rangsit, Thailand

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Busakorn Romyanond


This research aims to study essential design criteria for effective self-directed learning spaces in the university in compliance with a human-centered design concept which gives priority to the requirement of physical functioning as well as psychological environment. The research focuses on conceptual designs and requirements of the college students to come up with guidelines to the effective interior architecture design of the self-directed learning spaces. It is conducted through a review of existing researches and theories along with data received from a survey with a random sample of 100 students enrolling at Thammasat University, Rangsit campus. The information on students’ behaviors, needs, activities and their individual preference in relation to the environmental factors that contribute to their satisfaction are collected from the survey feedback. The findings have been analyzed and used as guidelines and requirements to the design of the mentioned self-directed learning spaces on the campus. The survey feedback identifies that environmental factors that the students believe to support effective learning range in a top-down priority order ranging from flexible space, not overcrowding, tranquility, appropriate temperature , comfort furniture design, and lighting respectively which can be achieved through good design. Cleanliness and tidiness is only a factor relating to operations manage-ment. Regarding the interior style, the majority of students prefer a modern look with colorful decoration slightly above casual atmosphere resembling a coffeehouse or home while least students choose a formal style as corporate like interior. Privacy is one of the most important factors given as students choose enclosed meeting room over open meeting room. For furniture selections, students choose tables and chairs over sofa or lounge seats. Meanwhile, most students prefer ergonomics office chair with caster or upholstered seats. For work tables, they choose workstation with a large monitor that accommodates a large group of students working together although it may not offer good privacy. Most students prefer space and furniture for group working; however, territory and privacy are equally important factors.


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