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ERIC Number: EJ955301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
Conceptualizations of Classroom Community in Higher Education: Insights from Award Winning Professors
Kay, Denise; Summers, Jessica J.; Svinicki, Marilla D.
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v5 n4 p230-245 2011
The benefits of students' experiences of community, especially in K-12 settings, are well established in the professional literature; however, the influence of college students' perceptions of classroom community is a relatively new focus in educational research. Even less is known about professors' perceptions of classroom community; particularly what it is, if it is important, and why. We explored classroom community from the professors' perspective in a multiple case study. Sixteen award winning professors from 2 major universities completed face to face, semi-structured interviews designed to capture their conceptualizations of classroom community. This article includes a brief review of current research related to classroom community in post-secondary settings. Based on in depth analysis of participant interviews, an expanded definition of classroom community is provided, as well as a framework for conceptualizing classroom community in post-secondary settings. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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