Building and Sustaining Learning Communities: The Syracuse University Experience / Edition 1by Sandra N. Hurd, Ruth Federman Stein
Learning communities are small groups of students who come together with faculty and student affairs professionals to engage in common learning experiences. In Building and Sustaining Learning Communities, the authors, along with many of their colleagues, describe the rationale for learning communities, particularly in a large university; the process for/i>… See more details below
Learning communities are small groups of students who come together with faculty and student affairs professionals to engage in common learning experiences. In Building and Sustaining Learning Communities, the authors, along with many of their colleagues, describe the rationale for learning communities, particularly in a large university; the process for setting them up; and reflections on these unique environments. After reading this book, administrators and faculty members will know precisely why they are worth considering and how to successfully create them.
Part I of the book demonstrates the theoretical benefits of learning communities and then discusses various issues involved in the planning and implementation of the communities, including:
- Building learning community relationships within the university and among participants
- Strategies for collaboration
- Developing a learning community curriculum
- Course structure within learning communities
- Assessing learning communities
- Institutional challenges
Part II details the experiences of faculty and students involved in Syracuse University's learning communities, including arts, citizenship, education, interprofessional, leadership, management, multicultural, online learning, and wellness.
This book is a fascinating and practical guide for all readers interested in building and sustaining learning communities.
Table of Contents
About the Authors.
Part I: Learning Community Research,, Theory, and Practice.
1. Learning Communities: An Overview (Ruth Federman Stein).
2. Learning Communities at Syracuse University: A Strategy for Collaboration and Joint Responsibility (Michele Jachim, with Ronald R. Cavanagh and Barry L. Wells).
3. Strategies for Building Learning Community Relationships (Sandra N. Hurd).
4. Roles of and Structures for Writing Courses in Learning Communities (Rebecca Moore Howard and Vivian Rice).
5. Using Grids to Develop a Learning Community Curriculum. (Nance Hahn).
6. The Power of Faculty-Student Affairs for Promoting Integrative Learning Experiences in Learning Communities (Cathy McHugh Engstrom).
7. The Challenge of Assessing Learning Communities in a Collaborative Environment (Barbara A. Yonai).
8. Institutional Challenges (Sandra N. Hurd).
Part II: Learning Community Profiles.
9. The Management Learning Community: A Lesson in Innovation (Sandra N. Hurd and Steve St. Onge).
10. Leading for Change (Mariana Lebron).
11. Multicultural Living/Learning Community: By the Students, for the Students (James Duah-Agyeman).
12. Amazing Growth at SUNY ESF (Janine M. Debaise and Julie R. White).
13. Constructing Concentric Communities (Stacey Riemer and Leah Flynn).
14. From Theme Floor to Learning Community: The Wellness Experience (Terra Peckskamp).
15. Arts Adventure: A Work in Progress (Martha Sutter Interviewed by Ruth Federmann Stein).
16. A Lesson in Citizenship: The Maxwell Citizen Education Learning Community (Sandra N. Hurd with William B. Coplin, Rosalie Carpenter, and SaraKate Kirk).
17. The Education Living Learning Community (Amie Redmond).
18. Creating an Online Learning Community (Mary Ann Middlemiss and Maureen Thompson).
19. Interprofessional Learning Community (Mary Ann Middlemiss, Sudha Raj, Bruce Carter, Luvenia Cowart, Mary Lynne Hensel, Tanya Horacek, and Carrie Smith).
20. Lessons Learned: A Summary of the Learning Communities' Experiences (Sandra N. Hurd adnRuth Federman Stein).
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