Attitudinal Outcomes of a Multicultural Learning Community Experience: A Qualitative Analysis
Journal of Learning Communities Research
Learning communities in higher education can serve as powerful connectors among individuals, particularly when integrating minority and White, non-Hispanic students. We conducted 24 in-depth interviews, using qualitative research methodology, with the 2004 cohort of learning community students from a private, selective, Midwestern university. The students, who were seniors at the time of the interviews, reflected on their perceived outcomes of their first-year learning community experiences. We address the students' shifts in personal biases and stereotypes, factors related to their decisions to become involved with the learning community, their self-reported levels of satisfaction, and suggestions for improving future learning communities.
Firmin, M., Warner, S., Firmin, R., Johnson, C., & Firebaugh, S. (2009). Attitudinal outcomes of a multicultural learning community experience: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Learning Communities Research, 4, 1-25.