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ERIC Number: EJ1112854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: EISSN-2375-804X
Why Hyperbonding Occurs in the Learning Community Classroom and What to Do about It
Watts, Julie
Learning Communities: Research & Practice, v1 n3 Article 4 2013
Hyperbonding can be a disruptive force in the learning community classroom characterized by nonproductive student behaviors. Research has not identified how frequently hyperbonding occurs in learning communities or why. However, studies have begun to link hyperbonding to the presence of cohorts. I explain how cohorts form and develop, and how they may impact instructors teaching in learning community classrooms. I then discuss the ways instructor influence strategies coupled with a cohort presence may help to precipitate hyperbonding. Last, I turn to existing cohort literature in teacher education to identify what I believe are the most cogent recommendations to help prevent hyperbonding, which learning community instructors and directors can use to help manage and support their cohorts across learning community classes and programs.
Evergreen State College's Washington Center, the National Resource for Learning Communities. 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, SEM II E2115, Olympia, WA 98505. Tel: 360-864-6606; Fax: 360-867-6662; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A