Little changes make big differences: the effect of greenery on dormitory students’ satisfaction = Los pequeños cambios consiguen grandes diferencias: el efecto de la vegetación en el grado de satisfacción de los estudiantes en las residencias universitarias

Ali Zabihi, Fatemeh Khozaei


doi:10.20868/bma.2017.3.3660

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Abstract


Abstract

Links between dormitory satisfaction and academic achievement, happiness, sense of belonging to space, academic progress, physical and mental well-being have been well-established. However, the relationship between greenery and degree of satisfaction among university students is poorly understood. This study was an attempt to understand whether access to greenery is associated with university students’ dormitory satisfaction. To this end, 200 students living in a dormitory at Kerman Islamic Azad University were recruited through random convenience sampling. The data were gathered through a questionnaire. The pot plants were distributed among the participants. Analysis of the data using T-test showed that students' satisfaction with the dormitory increased significantly after receiving the pot plants. The finding of the study will help landscape architects, planners and policymakers to maximize the satisfaction of the students at dormitory by providing the students with greenery.

Resumen

Los vínculos entre el grado de satisfacción en las residencias universitarias y el logro académico, la felicidad, el sentido de pertenencia al espacio, el progreso académico, el bienestar físico y mental están ampliamente establecidos. Sin embargo, la relación entre la vegetación y el grado de satisfacción entre los estudiantes universitarios es poco conocida. Este estudio trata de explicar si disponer de vegetación está asociado con la satisfacción de los estudiantes en las residencias universitarias. Con este fin, se eligieron al azar 200 estudiantes de una residencia en la Universidad de Kerman Islamic Azad. Los datos fueron recopilados a través de un cuestionario. Se distribuyeron plantas en maceta entre las participantes . El análisis de los datos mediante el test de la T mostró que el grado de satisfacción de las estudiantes de la residencia aumentó significativamente después de recibir las plantas. El hallazgo del estudio ayudará a los arquitectos, paisajistas, planificadores y legisladores a maximizar la satisfacción de los estudiantes al proporcionarles vegetación en la residencia universitaria.


Keywords


Female Dormitory; Greenspace; Satisfaction; Student residences; Residencia femenina de estudiantes; Espacio verde; Satisfacción; Residencias de estudiantes

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