Third Place: Creating a Library Environment That Opens Doors for Collaboration, Value, and Student Achievement
Pennington, Tara M.
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Ray Oldenburg, in A Great Good Place, coined the term “third place” based on the idea of three spaces individuals usually occupy. The "first place" is the home; the "second place," the workplace; and third place, casual, neutral spaces where individuals come together outside of work and home (Oldenburg 83). This thesis addresses the creation of third place in a school library setting. The researcher surveyed students at a middle school in a suburban school district in the Midwest during the fall of 2015 to determine what students value as a third place in relation to their reading habits and to recommend to the researcher changes they think would improve the library space for teacher and student collaboration. The researcher found when third place is created in a middle school library setting, student usage of this space increases and student and teacher academic collaboration increases.