ERIC Number: ED095793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the "Living-Learning" Unit: New College, 1973-74. Report No. 5.
Kinsel, John B.; Latham, Jefferson
The New College Living-Learning Unit was begun in 1972-73 as an optional beginning semester for New College freshmen. The basis for the curriculum was taken from the regular freshman program at New College but given a 'unique' substance (the notion of community from a multiplicity of discipline perspectives) and unique physical facilities. The following report is an evaluation of the Living-Learning Unit for its second year of operation. Three faculty along with 52 students comprised the population of the unit. The curriculum for the program included a "core" course entitled "Being Human" that was required of all participants. In addition, six other courses were listed as part of the Unit, although students were not required to take any of these other courses. The primary concern of this evaluation was with the perceived value of the Living-Learning Unit and the "Being Human" course in particular. Two additional dimensions, the physical facilities provided for the program and the student's attitude toward this type of program in general, were also of major interest. In the eyes of the students responding to the Living-Learning Unit Questionnaire, the Unit appears to have failed to materialize as a cohesive, meaningful, learning experience. But it must be remembered that the views expressed in this report reflect only 40% of the participants and therefore may not be representive. The appendix contains the survey results. (Author/PG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hofstra Univ., Hempstead, NY. New Coll. Educational Research Office.