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ERIC Number: ED405048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb-2
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Brave New World Learning Community. Title III Final Report.
Ross, Jeff; And Others
In fall 1996, a learning community (LC) involving a biology, a philosophy, and an English composition course was conducted at the Superstition Mountain campus of Central Arizona College. Entitled "Brave New World," the LC met the syllabi-required outcomes for the three courses, while also concentrating on environmental, political, genetic, sociobiological, and animal rights issues. For the biology course, students used the same text and completed the same labs and tests as students in the traditional course, while they were required to write four major papers for the ethics class and seven essays for the composition course. In addition, students participated in a weekly seminar and prepared a 15-minute presentation and related poster on an article discussed in the LC. Teachers' reactions to the LC ranged from enthusiasm over the successful combination of subject matters to despair that freshmen students do not have sufficient learning and interpersonal skills to undertake an LC. Benefits of the LC process cited by students in project evaluations included the ability to connect disciplines without hurting the integrity of each course and increased learning due to interaction with other students. Weaknesses cited by students included a lack of participation/contribution by some students and the immense amount of work required by the extra seminar. Narratives describing the teachers' perceptions of the LC and student comments are included. Contains 17 references. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A