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Learning the ropes: The influence of the roundtable classroom design on socialization

Caroline S. Parsons

Abstract


This study investigated the influence of physical and virtual learning spaces on students’ socialization into future professions while attending a modern university. Qualitative analysis of an undergraduate liberal arts program that employs the use of roundtable classrooms was conducted. Findings revealed that the roundtable classroom promotes socialization by facilitating the exchange of elaborate feedback and intellectual talk between students and instructors. However, some students reported feeling exposed or uncomfortable and thus less likely to participate. Virtual learning spaces influenced socialization, and their effectiveness was heavily moderated by the instructor and by the frequency and use of educational technology. Recommendations and suggestions for future research are provided.

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ISSN: 21586195

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