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ERIC Number: ED558365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 86
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-2612-2
A Study of the Effectiveness of Learning Communities at a Small Liberal Arts College
Watkins, Paul David
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Memphis
The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of the learning community program at a small liberal arts college on educational outcomes as measured by differences in semester GPA between learning community participants and non-participants, as well as differences between types of learning communities, time of participation in learning communities, and the effect of demographic variables and prior attainment (converted SAT scores). Data was provided by a small liberal arts college on 294 participants. The sample was composed of 152 students who participated in a learning community and 142 who did not participate in a learning community for a total sample of 294 subjects. To address the four research questions posed in this study, the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) was used to conduct hierarchical multiple regressions as well as an ANCOVA. The dependent variables considered were first semester GPA, second-semester GPA, and converted SAT score for research question 1. The independent variables considered were learning community, gender, ethnicity, and converted SAT score. The results of the study indicate no effectiveness of participation in learning communities on improving student academic performance. None of the analyses showed any type of positive influence of the learning communities at the small liberal arts college on GPA. In addition, the hierarchical multiple regressions on Fall GPA and Spring GPA both showed that participation in a learning community indicated lower GPA. This result was more pronounced in the fall than in the spring. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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