A Learning Community's Social Impact
Learning Communities Journal
Learning Communities (LCs) in higher education can serve as powerful connectors among individuals, particularly when integrating minority and Caucasian students. The authors conducted 22 in-depth interviews, using qualitative research methodology, with the 2004 cohort of LC students from a private, selective Midwestern university. Seniors at the time of the interviews, the students reflected on their perceived outcomes of their freshman LC experiences. Students reported that the learning community was fundamental to their adjustment to college as a freshman and that faculty involvement in the LC enhanced the classroom experience. Some indicated that the LC served as a starting point for their subsequent involvement in other campus activities. The benefits of a multicultural learning community are discussed, with particular emphasis on the social impact on students of such a setting.
Firmin, M., Warner, C., Johnson, C., Firebaugh, S., & Firmin, R. (2010). A learning community's potential social impact: A qualitative analysis. Learning Communities Journal, 2, 73-94.