ERIC Number: EJ911799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
The Impact of Learning Communities on First Year Students' Growth and Development in College
Rocconi, Louis M.
Research in Higher Education, v52 n2 p178-193 Mar 2011
This study investigated the direct and indirect relationships between participating in a learning community, student engagement, and self-reported learning outcomes. Using a sample of 241 freshmen at a single urban research university who took the "College Student Experiences Questionnaire," the results indicate that after controlling for demographic characteristics and entering composite ACT score, the relationship between learning community participation and learning outcomes are mediated by students' levels of engagement. Learning community participation was not directly related to educational gains but was indirectly related to educational gains through student engagement. Student engagement in turn was strongly related to educational gains.
Descriptors: Research Universities, Community Involvement, Academic Achievement, College Freshmen, Higher Education, Learner Engagement, Learning Activities, Discourse Communities, Outcomes of Education, Sample Size, College Entrance Examinations, Standardized Tests, Aptitude Tests, Achievement Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; College Student Experiences Questionnaire