Exploring The Potential Impact Of A Classroom Learning Environment And Faculty Teaching Approaches

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Introduction
“A learning environment is all of the physical surroundings, psychological or emotional conditions, and social or cultural influences affecting the growth and development of an adult engaged in an educational enterprise” (Hiemstra,1991, p. 8). The purpose of this analysis paper is to explore the potential impact of a classroom learning environment and faculty-teaching approaches on the student learning in higher education institution and answer the following question: Is it the learning environment that dictates student learning or is it the faculty-teaching approaches that dictate student learning? In response to this inquiry, the relationship between teaching and learning environment is investigated with respect to adult learning, constructivism, connectivism, and activity theories. Contextual Information
In this paper, a classroom learning environment in a higher education setting is examined to understand the underlying gaps and limitations of faculty-teaching approaches in relation to the student learning. During my post-secondary education, I took an in-class Psychology course which was based on the traditional teaching model and the behaviorist learning theory. The teacher was in control of the learning environment and manipulated the student’s behaviour towards the goals which seem most appropriate and convenient to his teaching abilities (Radovan & Makovec, 2015). As Hughes and Mighty (2010) stated, “much of our current approach to teaching in

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