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ERIC Number: EJ943983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
A Tale of Three Campuses: Unearthing Theories of Residential Life that Shape the Student Learning Experience
Shushok, Frank, Jr.; Scales, T. Laine; Sriram, Rishi; Kidd, Vera
About Campus, v16 n3 p13-21 Jul-Aug 2011
There is likely no campus facility where students spend more time than a residence hall--not the student union, an academic building, or an athletic facility. Especially on a residential campus, where students may spend two, three, or more years living in residence, the potential impact of campus residential environments on student learning is enormous. In this article, the authors explore three campuses that exemplify how narratives influence the culture of learning in residence halls. There are more than three prevalent belief systems that undergird residential life programs. The authors' point in this article is to encourage campus educators to unearth narratives that are at times tantamount to an old pair of glasses desperately in need of fresh lenses. "Alpha," "Beta," and "Gamma Colleges" illustrate three belief systems they uncovered from studying actual campuses and represent institutional types comprised from multiple examples discovered through their research. The names of presidents are pseudonyms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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