The Experience of Community College Faculty Involved in a Learning Community Program

Dimitra Lynette Jackson, Michael J. Stebleton, Frankie Santos Laanan

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Abstract

A study was undertaken to determine how teaching in learning communities (i.e., courses that are linked or intentionally integrated in terms of learning objectives and shared assignments) affects the perspectives and work of community college faculty members. Interviews with 14 faculty members who taught in learning communities at a Midwestern community college indicated that the benefits of participation included greater empathy for and awareness of students, the development of authentic relationships with students, enhanced engagement in the larger campus community, and active collaboration and professional development with faculty colleagues across disciplines. Study limitations and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-19
Number of pages17
JournalCommunity College Review
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • community college
  • faculty
  • learning community
  • qualitative inquiry
  • retention

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