Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. James Schellenberg

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Jack Smith

Third Advisor

Dr. Richard McDonald

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Purpose and Theory

The Problem

Studies dealing with the use of space have been concerned primarily with territoriality, the way man perceives space through his senses, and with the manner by which culture affects the location of persons in space. This study, like others, falls under the rubric of spatial ecology in that it deals with the occupation of space. This study focuses on the college classroom in an attempt to determine if the occupation of space is systematically patterned, that is, whether particular areas of the classroom are occupied by students with specifiable characteristics. In this context, the particular positioning within space will be viewed as being related to three broad categories of variables -- role performance variables, personality variables, and status variables.

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Sociology Commons