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Creating Learning Communities

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Shapiro, Nancy S. and Jodi H. Levine. Creating Learning Communities. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999.


This book examines what a learning community is, what a successful and effective learning community consists of, and how to establish these sorts of communities.  Roughly, learning communities are characterized by approaches that group classes according to a theme that crosses over several different disciplines, and involve a common group of students to explore these interdisciplinary issues.  These communities aim to foster intellectual connections between students, between faculty and the students, and between different disciplines.  Learning communities are based on the idea that student success is directly correlated with the amount of interaction between student and instructor, and the amount of influence and interaction students have with one another.  The book was written with an eye towards those who are looking to start the process of forming a learning community on campus.  It looks at the essential pieces that are required before a learning community can get off the ground, and how the reader might stimulate consensus on campus with the concept of learning communities.


Posted: Brandon Lee 12/18/08

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