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ERIC Number: EJ1112532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2375-804X
Washington Center's Online Student Survey Validation Study: Surfacing Students' Individual and Collective Understanding of Their Learning Community Experiences
Malnarich, Gillies; Pettitt, Maureen A.; Mino, Jack J.
Learning Communities: Research & Practice, v2 n1 Article 1 2014
This article reports on findings from a mixed-methods validation study of the "Online Survey of Students' Experiences of Learning in Learning Communities". In the quantitative part of the study, we found strong correlations among survey items related to faculty behaviors, student behaviors, and critical thinking. Factor analysis yielded four primary factors: faculty behaviors that support quality learning for all students; student behaviors that foster responsibility for their own learning; student behaviors that support collaborative learning; and, student and faculty behaviors that together create an academic learning community. For the qualitative part of the study, we worked with LC programs at four institutions to investigate whether students think about the survey items in the same way we do. These findings--and an in-depth analysis of student responses at one campus--led to unexpected outcomes and new insights regarding LC assessment, specifically what students are learning from one another. In response, we developed a companion tool to the online survey, the "Peer-to-Peer Reflection Protocol." We conclude by addressing the potential of this guided discussion protocol to surface students' experiences of individual and collaborative learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Massachusetts; Washington
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