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ERIC Number: EJ1205230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1527-9316
Curricular Learning Communities and Retention
Kern, Beth B.; Kingsbury, Tabitha
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v19 n1 p41-52 Feb 2019
Learning communities have been a part of the higher educational landscape since the 1980s. Despite their widespread use, research regarding their effectiveness with enhancing retention is sparse. This study describes a freshmen curricular learning community linking courses required for all business majors. Retention for students taking courses in a curricular learning community is compared to retention for students taking the same courses independent from a learning community. Analysis of the data indicates that students who participated in the learning community were twice as likely to persist to the following semester than the students in the baseline comparison group. The results provide evidence that purposeful structuring of courses in a curricular learning community with support imbedded to help students succeed is associated with improved retention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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