ERIC Number: EJ853010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
A Qualitative Investigation of Student Outcomes in a Residential Learning Community
Blackhurst, Anne E.; Akey, Lynn D.; Bobilya, Andrew J.
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v15 n2 p35-59 2003
Researchers conducted a qualitative study of students' in- and out-of-class experiences in a residential learning community at a mid-sized public institution. Focus group interviews were conducted to explore (a) the outcomes of learning community membership from participants' point of view and (b) the connections between participants' reported perceptions and behaviors and the measurable outcomes of the program (i.e., those previously assessed using quantitative means). Based on the qualitative analysis, seven themes were identified. This report identifies and explicates those themes and provides illustrative quotations from focus group participants. Based on the findings, recommendations for learning community pro gram development and administration are presented.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Focus Groups, Cooperative Learning, Student Behavior, Dormitories, College Freshmen, On Campus Students, Educational Environment, Student Adjustment, Program Effectiveness, Grouping (Instructional Purposes)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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