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ERIC Number: ED433063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
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Our Lives in Community: A Learning Community Pilot Project for At-Risk Students.
Bennin, Hope E.
This document describes the experiences of three teachers who jointly taught a course entitled "Our Lives in Community" using the framework of a learning community to structure the course. Included in the document are the background for creating the course, a memorandum to the dean at Prestonburg Community College proposing the course, the class syllabus, a list of assignments, a copy of the course evaluation, a profile of the 15 students who enrolled in the course, and profiles of the individual students by the three instructors. The course mission was multifold: a teaching experience that would enhance learning, improve retention, help students understand how courses fit together, and increase student interaction. The course encouraged active involvement of students during class discussions and the completion of course activities, and prompted students to form meaningful relationships with other students and faculty, as well as to make clear connections between disciplines, participate in service learning, and complete credit hours of General Education coursework. Despite the extensive planning needed to design the course, the benefits far outweighed the disadvantages. The paper stresses that three things are necessary for such courses to succeed: (1) support from the college administration; (2) commitment on the part of participating faculty; and (3) an adequate amount of time for planning, preparation, and scheduling. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A