ERIC Number: ED428606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
The Powerful Potential of Learning Communities: Improving Education for the Future. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report, Vol. 26, No. 6.
Lenning, Oscar T.; Ebbers, Larry H.
This report examines the importance of learning communities within institutions of higher education. It identifies two important dimensions of learning communities: (1) primary membership, which differentiates based on the characteristic that group members hold in common; these include learning organizations, faculty learning communities, and student learning communities; and (2) primary form of interaction, which differentiates based on group members' methods of interaction, such as in-person physical interaction, virtual interaction, or nondirect interaction through correspondence. Four categories of student learning communities are identified: curricular learning communities, classroom learning communities, residential learning communities, and student-type learning communities. Benefits for students and faculty of effective learning communities are documented and include higher academic achievement, better retention rates, diminished faculty isolation, and increased curricular integration. Suggestions for maximizing learning in virtual communities include focusing on a common goal and organization that include preparation, planning, and reflection. (Contains approximately 225 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Educational Philosophy, Higher Education, Learning Processes, School Culture, Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: Books; ERIC Publications; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A