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ERIC Number: EJ853009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Learning Communities and Their Effect on Students' Cognitive Abilities
Walker, Arianne Abell
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v15 n2 p11-33 2003
This study investigated the effects of learning communities on the educational development of first-year college students at a large, urban, highly selective, research university. These communities, known as "clusters," comprised a year long sequence of theme-oriented courses that were team taught and that included interdisciplinary lectures and small seminars. This study sought to understand how learning communities may help foster students' cognitive abilities. Surveys administered during the fall and spring of the first college year determined that cluster participation was significantly and positively associated with all four cognitive outcomes: critical thinking, analytical thinking/problem solving, reading skills, and writing skills. (Contains 5 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A