ERIC Number: ED413612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Team Teaching of English Integrated with Content Area Courses: Final Report.
Solano Community Coll., Suisun City, CA.
Solano Community College (California) developed interdisciplinary, team-taught classes called Learning Communities. Initially, all learning communities integrated College Composition (English 1) classes with introductory classes in other disciplines. As the program evolved, learning communities were created that integrated more advanced English classes (Critical Thinking, Creative Writing) and one class that did not involve English. Twenty teachers, more than 200 students, and 9 administrators participated in or were touched directly by the program, which is continuing. Qualitative results suggest that students feel more "heard" in learning community classes and experience more in-depth contact with teachers, other students, and the material being studied than is true in traditional classes. Quantitative results indicated that the reading and writing skills of learning community students showed substantial gains in contrast to those of students taking the same classes but not in a learning community format. The program has faced challenges finding a permanent home on campus against a background of assumptions that treat education as a business with a mission of cost containment, serving students as "customers." (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Solano Community Coll., Suisun City, CA.