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ERIC Number: EJ867704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Comparing Student Learning Outcomes in an Independent Section of a First-Year Seminar to a First-Year Seminar Embedded in a Learning Community
Smith, Deborah N.; Goldfine, Ruth; Windham, Melissa
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v21 n2 p47-63 2009
In this study, the authors examine the differences between two groups of students--those enrolled in either an independent section of a first-year seminar and those enrolled in a first-year seminar embedded in a learning community. In particular, the authors focused on the extent to which course/program outcomes were being met, as reported by student self-evaluations. The hypothesis that students in the embedded first-year seminar course would rate the course learning outcomes as having been met at a significantly higher rate than their peers in the independent sections of the seminar was not supported. Possible explanations for the findings are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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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