ERIC Number: ED427806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Cerritos College Learning Communities: Exploring and Understanding Diverse Perspectives.
Smartt-Gaither, JoAnn M.
In 1995 Cerritos College (California) introduced a learning community model that combines curriculum development, classroom technology, and cultural awareness sensitivity in order to strengthen student academic success. This model is different from interdisciplinary projects and blended curriculum in that the design not only focused only on student academic impact via faculty-to-student interaction, but it also creates a strong premise for student-to-student and faculty-to-faculty interaction. Each year the learning community clusters highlight a featured theme for enhancing student skills: college readiness, communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and, for 1999-2000, multimedia technology. In examining student responses to questions designed to assess content, delivery, and feedback, the majority of students surveyed perceived the learning community format as beneficial for understanding and retaining content. Student performance was enhanced by immediate feedback. Respondents found course material easier to learn when presented in a practical context in a number of different ways. This report also includes discussions on the cooperative learning environment and instructional delivery methods. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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