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ERIC Number: ED549458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 130
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2672-7962-0
Exploring the Impact of Learning Communities at a Community College: An Effort to Support Students Enrolled in a Developmental Math Course
VonHandorf, Teri A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northern Kentucky University
The purpose of this mixed-methods participatory action research study was to explore the impact of learning communities on students enrolled in the lowest level of developmental math at a two-year college. The learning community consisted of twenty-three students who were enrolled in both a student success course (GEN102) and a developmental math course (MAT055). Quantitative data was collected ex post facto determine if there were differences in the success, retention, and persistence rates of students enrolled in the learning community section versus the non-learning community sections of developmental math. The study used both descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. Descriptive statistics showed a positive difference between learning community participants and non-learning community participants along the dimensions of success and persistence, but a negative difference in retention. These differences were not found to be statistically significant. Qualitative data were analyzed from two independent sources: (1) a focus group interview conducted with 13 learning community participants at the end of the semester, and (2) the researcher's reflective journal. The themes that emerged from both qualitative data sources were used to deepen the understanding of the quantitative data and to inform the recommendations presented in this study to strengthen and scale up the institution's learning community program. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards