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Learning Communities : Reforming Undergraduate Education

Barbara Leigh Smith, Jean MacGregor, Roberta Matthews, Faith Gabelnick

ISBN: 978-0-787-91036-5 September 2004 Jossey-Bass 416 Pages


Learning Communities is a groundbreaking book that shows how learning communities (LCs) can be a flexible and effective approach to enhancing student learning, promoting curricular coherence, and revitalizing faculty. Written by Barbara Leigh Smith, Jean MacGregor, Roberta S. Matthews, and Faith Gabelnick¾acclaimed national leaders in the learning communities movement¾this important book provides the historical, conceptual, and philosophical context for LCs and clearly demonstrates that they can be a key element in institutional transformation.

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The Authors.

PART ONE: The Contemporary and Historical Context ofLearning Communities.

1. Learning Communities and Undergraduate Education Reform.

2. Learning Community History: Education for What? Education forWhom?

PART TWO: Learning Community Structures andPractices.

3. Learning Community Curricular Structures.

4. Core Practices in Learning Communities.

PART THREE: Rich Arenas for Reform.

5. General Education, the First Year of College, and LearningCommunities.

6. Success for All: Learning Communities in Basic Skills andEnglish as a Second Language Settings.

PART FOUR: Initiating and Strengthening LearningCommunities.

7. Information and Feedback: Using Assessment to Strengthen andSustain Learning Communities.

8. Recruiting and Supporting Learning Community Teachers.

9. Initiating and Sustaining Learning Communities.

PART FIVE: Conclusion.

10. The Future of Learning Communities.



Name Index.

Subject Index.
"... the authors provide a lucid and comprehensive overview."(Authors Journal Compilation, Winter 2007)

" a superb resource of ideas and experiences worthy ofbeing examined at length." (The Midwest Book Review)"Every college teacher should read this comprehensive andinsightful analysis of one of the most important pedagogicalmovements in contemporary higher education."
--Alexander W. Astin, Allan M. Carter Professor of HigherEducation, University of California, Los Angeles

"An essential resource for anyone interested in learningcommunities by the leaders in the field. Framed by years ofexperience, the authors provide invaluable insights into how onebegins, sustains, and improves learning communities on both two-and four-year campuses. A must-read."
--Vincent Tinto, distinguished university professor and chair,Higher Education Program, Syracuse University

"Conceptual and practical, comprehensive and illustrative.This magnificent volume proves the learning communities movementhas come of age."
--Peter Ewell, vice president, National Center for Higher EducationManagement Systems (NCHEMS)

"This book contains a wealth of information, not onlyabout learning communities, but about the efforts of highereducation to improve learning through actively engaging students inthe process."
--K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education, emerita,University of California, Berkeley