"Every college teacher should read this comprehensive and insightful analysis of one of the most important pedagogical movements in contemporary higher education."
Alexander W. Astin, Allan M. Carter Professor of Higher Education, University of California, Los Angeles
"An essential resource for anyone interested in learning communities by the leaders in the field. Framed by years of experience, the authors provide invaluable insights into how one begins, 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 movement has come of age."
Peter Ewell, vice president, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
"This book contains a wealth of information, not only about learning communities, but about the efforts of higher education to improve learning through actively engaging students in the process."
K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education, emerita, University of California, Berkeley
PART ONE: The Contemporary and Historical Context of Learning Communities.
1. Learning Communities and Undergraduate Education Reform.
2. Learning Community History: Education for What? Education for Whom?
PART TWO: Learning Community Structures and Practices.
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 Learning Communities.
6. Success for All: Learning Communities in Basic Skills and English as a Second Language Settings.
PART FOUR: Initiating and Strengthening Learning Communities.
7. Information and Feedback: Using Assessment to Strengthen and Sustain Learning Communities.
8. Recruiting and Supporting Learning Community Teachers.
9. Initiating and Sustaining Learning Communities.
PART FIVE: Conclusion.
10. The Future of Learning Communities.