ERIC Number: ED451796
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Professional Living Situations: Cohorts as Communities of Living and Learning.
Maher, Michelle A.
Within cohorts, stable student membership and interdependent learning tasks create a community-like environment. While this situation can provide a protective environment for learning, it can create stressful situations as students learn to live and learn together. Using a conceptual framework built from adult learning literature and group literature, this study explores students' understanding of cohort membership and learning in a cohort. Interview and observational data were collected over a 10-month period from 13 graduate students enrolled in a Master's Degree of Education cohort program. Data were qualitatively analyzed resulting in the identification of key pattern codes. Development of student roles and norms, resolution of student-faculty conflict, development of cohort agency, and specific ways in which cohort member ship facilitated and constrained learning emerged as major themes. Results suggest that students learned beyond the curriculum; they learned how to live together in a cohort community. (Contains 3 figures and 26 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).