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The impact of indoor comfort on students’ experiential learning in engineering education laboratories

Md Amin, Noor Dina (2015) The impact of indoor comfort on students’ experiential learning in engineering education laboratories. PhD thesis, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.


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There is vast and growing number of scientific literature on the improvement of physical learning environments. However, most of these empirical studies were separately focusing on either architectural or educational issues. This study is conducted with the aim to investigate the impact of indoor comfort, namely thermal, visual and acoustic (TVA) on students’ experiential learning in engineering education laboratories (EEL). A case study of EEL has been conducted with investigative post occupancy evaluation (POE) approach: (1) objective measurements were completed with physical data on mean radiant temperature, relative humidity, air velocity, illuminance and sound pressure level, (2) subjective measurements were implemented in the form of questionnaire survey in obtaining quality rating of architectural/space features in the selected EEL, sick building syndrome (SBS) symptoms, and how students perceived indoor (TVA) comfort and satisfaction. A self-reported learning (SRL) was employed for investigating the impact of TVA on students’ experiential learning observed from the context of cognitive, affective and psychomotor (CAP) learning domains. Three series of quasi-experimental studies, ranging from low, medium to high levels of physical activities of six centralized air-conditioned EEL located at the Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) with a total of six non-equivalent groups of students (N=143) were involved. Findings of this study suggested that SBS symptoms experienced among students can be used to investigate particular indoor environmental problems even in newly constructed laboratory buildings. While the quality of architectural features of EEL was rated as good, measured TVA variables were varied and results showed that students’ perceived TVA comfort and satisfactions in both control and experimental groups were also different. Based on the integrated SRL, this study discovered that the impact of thermal comfort (i.e. temperature) on students’ learning (i.e. cognitive domain) was higher in experimental groups for low and high levels of physical activity.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction > TH7005-7699 Heating and ventilation. Air conditioning
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 30 May 2016 07:02
Last Modified: 30 May 2016 07:02
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/8044
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