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ERIC Number: EJ798205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Student Perceptions about Their Informal Learning Experiences in a First-Year Residential Learning Community
Domizi, Denise P.
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v20 n1 p97-110 2008
This study examined the perceptions of six first-year students involved in a residential learning community during the program's pilot year. During group interviews, study participants shared their perceptions about what they were learning as members of the community and what value they placed on that learning. The findings indicated students perceived they were learning (a) how to relate to their peers in a number of ways, (b) that the new environment prompted them to question personal beliefs and assumptions, and (c) that they were benefiting from the academic and social support of the learning community. Findings from this study may heighten awareness among faculty and administrators regarding issues students face outside the classroom and may suggest to classroom instructors ways to use informal learning to enhance formal learning experiences. (Contains 2 notes.)
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A