Belonging: Exploring students’ ideas around belonging, comfort and discomfort in library and learning spaces

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Clover, D. 2018. Belonging: Exploring students’ ideas around belonging, comfort and discomfort in library and learning spaces. in: Priestner, Andy (ed.) User Experience in Libraries Yearbook 2018: inclusivity, diversity, belonging Cambridge UX in Libraries. pp. 78-85
AuthorsClover, D.
EditorsPriestner, Andy
Abstract

This chapter explores how a diverse student body views and expresses ideas of belonging, comfort and discomfort within university spaces. Research on closing the attainment gap for BAME students highlights the significance of a sense of belonging (or of not belonging). We also wanted to explore the experience of other groups of students or identities. We intended to use the feedback from these interviews to help us think about the ways in which we might most effectively uncover and explore issues of belonging on campus, and provide initial evidence to help plan changes and improvements to physical spaces and the ways we promote these.
The chapter reports on the use of cognitive mapping techniques and individual in-depth interviews to explore ideas of belonging and comfort with specific groups of students, and reflects on themes of positionality, talking about race, identity and labeling.

KeywordsUser Experience; Libraries; Higher Education; Belonging
Book titleUser Experience in Libraries Yearbook 2018: inclusivity, diversity, belonging
Page range78-85
Year2018
PublisherUX in Libraries
Publication dates
Print14 Dec 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited01 Apr 2019
Place of publicationCambridge
ISBN978-1790914746
Web address (URL)http://uxlib.org/uxlibs-the-books/
LicenseAll rights reserved
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