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Leibowitz, Justin B.; Lovitt, Charity Flener; Seager, Craig S. – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
This study examines how to investigate traditionally underrepresented students' sense of belonging, self-efficacy, and academic engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) residential learning communities (RLCs). A 28-item survey was developed that included items from three previously validated instruments to measure…
Descriptors: Test Construction, STEM Education, Student Participation, Self Efficacy
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Dahl, Laura S.; Duran, Antonio; Hooten, Zachary J.; Stipeck, Christopher J.; Youngerman, Ethan – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Residential learning communities (RLCs) are a subset of living-learning programs (LLPs) where students live together based on a theme and are simultaneously enrolled together in at least one course related to that theme. Yet little research has focused on differentiating RLCs from those LLPs without a connected course. Using existing data from the…
Descriptors: Residential Programs, Communities of Practice, Cooperative Learning, College Curriculum
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Gebauer, Richie; Wade, Mary Ellen; Muller, Tina; Kramer, Samantha; Leary, Margaret; Sopper, John – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Lardner and Malnarich (2009) identify learning communities as an educational reform strategy designed for intentional student cohorts that engage students in at least one integrative learning opportunity. Colleges and universities are aware that robust educational programs exist on their campuses, yet institutions must identify strategies to help…
Descriptors: Living Learning Centers, College Curriculum, Extracurricular Activities, Student Experience
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Eidum, Jennifer; Lomicka, Lara; Chiang, Warren; Endick, Ghada; Stratton, Jill – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Our research presents a multi-institutional study on the concept of thriving in Residential Learning Communities (RLCs). The study utilizes the Thriving Quotient (Schreiner, 2010c) to research how RLCs at four U.S. institutions contribute to students' academic engagement and performance, interpersonal relationships, and psychological well-being.…
Descriptors: Living Learning Centers, Residential Programs, Communities of Practice, Outcomes of Education
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Wolaver, Amy M.; Finley, Kelly – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Using the National Survey of Student Engagement and multivariate regression techniques, we examine the impact of a first-year residential learning community (RLC) at a predominately White small liberal arts institution. This program disproportionately attracts students of color, providing structural diversity. We include measures of students'…
Descriptors: Residential Programs, Living Learning Centers, Learner Engagement, Student Participation
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Hurtado, Sarah S.; Gonyea, Robert M.; Graham, Polly A.; Fosnacht, Kevin – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Residential learning communities (RLCs) are residence hall environments designed to deliver academic and social benefits. For decades, many have argued RLCs are an effective means for increasing student success. Yet substantial changes in the defining characteristics of campus housing and student diversity have led to new questions about the…
Descriptors: Living Learning Centers, Residential Programs, Learner Engagement, Dormitories
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Sriram, Rishi; Haynes, Cliff; Weintraub, Susan D.; Cheatle, Joseph; Marquart, Christopher P. – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
In this article, we discuss the influence of demographic characteristics upon students' deeper life interactions with peers, faculty, and staff within the context of residential learning communities. When examining student demographic characteristics, we found that Students of Color and first-generation students have lower satisfaction with deeper…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Student Experience, Residential Programs, Living Learning Centers
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Sommers, Jayne K.; Reile, Lucy; Henry, Grant; Thomas, Jennifer – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Scholarship on students who enter college without a declared major indicates that this population of students faces unique challenges (Anderson, 1985; Beal & Noel, 1980; Lewallen, 1993), but also may be more likely to persist to graduation and earn higher grades than those who enter college with a declared major (Lewallen, 1995). Based on…
Descriptors: Career Exploration, Majors (Students), Residential Programs, Living Learning Centers
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Fair, Justin; Burkett, Dan; Smith-Sherwood, Dawn; Dennison, Sondra; Teng, Li – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
This article details the development of Living-Learning Community Certificate Programs (LLC-CPs) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Based on the Best Practices Model for living-learning programs proposed by Inkelas et al. (2018), LLC-CPs will engage cohorts of students in a four-semester sequence of intentionally integrated courses and…
Descriptors: Living Learning Centers, College Curriculum, Integrated Curriculum, Residential Programs
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Bowers, Maureen E.; Tobin, Leah K.; Lee, Jessica; Skendall, Kristan C.; Coale, Frank J. – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2020
Gemstone seeks to develop students' research and collaboration skills, foster leadership opportunities, and provide a sense of belonging on a large campus utilizing the Best Practices Model (BPM) and a variety of high impact practices (HIPs), like a Gemstone-specific orientation program called Gems Camp. While studies have demonstrated that LLCs…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, Communities of Practice, Skill Development, Research Skills
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Laucella, Lydia E. – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2019
This article outlines the process of how the author purposefully designed an integrative assignment to meet the real-world needs of a nursing cohort, First-Year Seminar anchored learning community. The author provides evidence from her own teaching practices to explore the elements that contributed to the construction of this assignment. For…
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Assignments, First Year Seminars, Communities of Practice
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VanOra, Jason P. – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2019
This study explores the impact of a first-semester learning community (LC) program on the experiences of developmental students in community college. Through a series of semi-structured interviews, students shared four central benefits of beginning their college careers in an LC program, including: (1) access to a supportive social and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Educational Benefits
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Gebauer, Richie – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2019
More and more academically underprepared students enter our colleges and universities, and research suggests that traditional efforts at remediation can exacerbate the self-doubt often experienced by at-risk students. While learning communities have been shown to offer under prepared students the support they need to become active participants in…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, College Preparation, At Risk Students, Educationally Disadvantaged
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Mino, Jack J.; Trobaugh, Elizabeth; Winters, Steven; Dutcher, James – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2019
An integrative tool that we have piloted in two LCs, the interdisciplinary index, is an integrative template that students use to make connections between disciplines. In the learning community, "Cli-Fi: Stories and Science of the Coming Climate Apocalypse," faculty developed the Climate-Change Stress Index (CCSI) that students used to…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Climate, Conservation (Environment), Ecology
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Sprowles, Amy; Goldenberg, Katlin; Goley, P. Dawn; Ladwig, Steve; Shaughnessy, Frank J. – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2019
At Humboldt State University (HSU), location is everything. Students are as drawn to our spectacular natural setting as they are to the unique majors in the natural resource sciences that the university has to offer. However, the isolation that nurtures the pristine natural beauty of the area presents a difficult reality for students who are…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Communities of Practice, Rural Schools, State Universities
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