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ERIC Number: EJ1112864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
How Do Learning Communities Affect First-Year Latino Students?
Huerta, Juan Carlos; Bray, Jennifer J.
Learning Communities: Research & Practice, v1 n1 Article 5 2013
Do learning communities with pedagogies of active learning, collaborative learning, and integration of course material affect the learning, achievement, and persistence of first-year Latino university students? The data for this project was obtained from a survey of 1,330 first-year students in the First-Year Learning Community Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in fall 2005. Using survey data combined with student background characteristics and multivariate analyses, the findings reveal that learning communities had a positive effect on all students' first semester GPA, and that learning community practices, especially collaborative learning, benefit Latino students. The study also proposes a technique for estimating the impact of learning communities on Latino students.
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, College Freshmen, Hispanic American Students, Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Student Surveys, Student Characteristics, Multivariate Analysis, Correlation, Grade Point Average, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intellectual Disciplines, First Year Seminars, Core Curriculum, College Entrance Examinations, Educational Benefits, Outcomes of Education, Student Educational Objectives, Regression (Statistics), Equations (Mathematics), Educational Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas (Corpus Christi)
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