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ERIC Number: EJ909109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Reflective Writing and Life-Career Planning: Extending the Learning in a Learning Community Model
Nownes, Nicholas; Stebleton, Michael
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v38 n2 p118-131 Dec 2010
This essay recounts the authors' experiences as community college faculty members in a learning community (LC) linking first-year composition with a class in life-career planning and development. The authors begin with a learning community story shared recently over drinks with a group of community college English teachers. They use the story to make two related yet distinct points. The first point is that learning community models are significant to community college teaching and, even more specifically, to the teaching of English. The second point the authors draw from a teacher's experiences: a small but growing body of research suggests that the teacher's experience with LCs is more common than LC advocates had suspected. Students "enjoy" learning communities. The authors outline five recommendations and lessons learned for English faculty members as well as suggestions for those who might be planning learning communities at their respective campuses. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota