International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
DOI: 10.56734/ijahss
An Exploration of The Types of Educational Environments Deemed Optimal for Learning by Students


The purpose of this study is guided by the theory of social learning to understand the essence of one's lived school experiences and the educational environments deemed optimal for learning by students. Past research (e.g., Cayubit,2022, Hanaysha, 2023) indicates that educational environments deemed optimal for learning by students agree that there is a significant impact between educational environments and learning experiences and believe all schools should not only offer learning environments that enhance students’ success but also promote enthusiasm and provide an opportunity for student involvement. Reports show one quarter (24.8 percent) of the U.S. population, are enrolled in school. Research states learning environments have a relationship and have an impact on students' psychological and academic achievement (Mustafa, 2020). Past research has also stated that the school environment is important when evaluating students’ well-being, and findings suggest that variables such as physical, academic, and social dimensions have an impact on the school environment (Tapia-Fonllem et al, 2020). Students' needs are often not met in educational environments, which end up impacting them significantly. Thus, this study is important because it explores school experiences, and describes what students deem optimal for learning. The research question of this study answered the following: what are the types of educational environments that are deemed optimal for students’ learning? Participants were recruited through social media (Instagram). The data collection method was interviews through Zoom and was voice recorded. Participants, 3 key informants, were asked 15 questions, on their experiences in school. The data was then put into Atlas Ti which created themes from the students’ experiences.  Validation strategies included rich thick descriptions, member checking, and reflexity. Results revealed the following themes; trust, communication, social dynamics, engaging educational environment, and growth. Implications of the results for future studies include looking into teaching styles versus student preferences.  The results of this study can contribute to the field of school psychology help initiate positive change for students who are in school and allow for improvement in teaching for teachers and faculty.