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ERIC Number: EJ798203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Intended and Unintended Consequences of First-Year Learning Communities: An Initial Investigation
Jaffee, David; Carle, Adam C.; Phillips, Richard; Paltoo, Lucy
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v20 n1 p53-70 2008
Most of the research on first-year student learning communities (FLCs) focuses on the impact of these programs on student success and retention. This paper reports on the investigation of the impact of FLCs on social community, peer friendships, and classroom dynamics. The researchers identify sociological principles that account for the positive effects of FLCs on these phenomena but also show how these principles predict potential unintended negative consequences of FLCs. Collecting data from three types of first-year classes, the researchers examined the relationship between student participation in learning communities and reported level and intensity of various social group dynamics. The results suggest that FLCs can produce both positive and negative consequences. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A