Sustaining and Improving Learning Communities

  • ID: 2212368
  • Book
  • 212 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Sustaining and Improving Learning Communities is the long awaited follow–up to the groundbreaking bookCreating Learning Communities. The authors continue their exploration of the concept of learning communities as an innovation in undergraduate curricular instruction that allow students to actively participate in their own education, and deepen and diversify their college experience. Jodi Levine Laufgraben and Nancy S. Shapiro address a wide range of topics such as campus culture for sustaining learning communities, learning communities and the curriculum, pedagogies, and faculty development.

Learning communities have come of age. With their first volume Creating Learning Communities as a foundation, Laufgraben and Shapiro show how this important movement has become powerfully woven with other strands of undergraduate reform including diversity, assessment, and new forms of pedagogy. Together the two books are an unbeatable combination.
––Peter T. Ewell, vice president, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

Drawing on the authors rich experience with learning communities in every sector of higher education, Sustaining and Improving Learning Communities is a must–read for faculty and academic administrators committed to using learning communities as a strategy for achieving deep, lasting, relevant, and transformative student learning experiences!
––Louis S. Albert, president, West Campus–Pima Community College

Chock–full of practical ideas, useful checklists and tables, and institutional case studies, this is a must–read for learning community directors, teachers, and anyone else wanting to improve college teaching and learning.
––Mary Stuart Hunter, director, National Resource Center for the First–Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina

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The Authors.

1. Introduction: The What and Why of Learning Communities.

2. A Campus Culture for Sustaining Learning Communities (Anne Goodsell Love).

3. Planning and Assessing the Curriculum.

4. Pedagogy That Builds Community (Jodi Levine Laufgraben, Daniel Tompkins).

5. Faculty Development.

6. Developing Purposeful and Focused Assessment.

7. Approaching Diversity Through Learning Communities (Emily Decker Lardner).

8. Sustaining Living–Learning Programs (David Schoem).

9. Next Steps: Expanding Our Understanding of Communities of Learning.



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Jodi Levine Laufgraben, formerly director of First–Year programs and the assistant vice provost for University Studies, is associate vice provost and director of Periodic Program Review at Temple University, Philadelphia.

Nancy S. Shapiro, founding director of the College Park Scholars Program, is the associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, at the University System of Maryland.
They are the coauthors of Creating Learning Communities.

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