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ERIC Number: ED525215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 112
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-9644-3
A Narrative Inquiry to Determine the Impact of Learning Communities on Attitude Change of Developmental College Students
Dyett, La Tonya R.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this narrative inquiry research study was to explore how learning communities impact attitude changes of developmental college students. The qualitative research design enabled the researcher to determine attitudes, and changes in attitudes, via narratives shared by the participants about their personal experiences. The participants were ten developmental students enrolled in a reading and psychology learning community at a suburban east-coast community college during the spring of 2010. Data were acquired from the transcriptions of personal interviews with ten heterogeneous, multicultural participants ranging in age from 18-38. Participants linked their attitude change to the support and interactions they received from their peers and professors. Participants also noted that if it were not for the learning community structure they would not have chosen to enroll in college. Recommendations to increase student enrollment in learning communities included, course offerings convenient for the novice learner, a fundamental advertisement, and more developmental courses linked to credit courses. A recommendation for further research would be to conduct a comparative study between students who complete their developmental courses via a learning community, and those who do not. An additional recommendation for further research would be to examine the instructor's perceptions of students enrolled in developmental learning communities, versus those enrolled in standalone courses. A final recommendation for further research would be to implement a quantitative study to examine the academic success of developmental students in the credit portion of their learning community. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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