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"One of the most powerful ideas in higher education today istransforming campuses into learning communities. At last, Shapiroand Levine have given us-faculty, students, andadministrators—a handbook on how to accomplish this. It isone of those too rare and much-needed volumes on translating theoryinto practice by authors who have actually done it. "—ArthurLevine, president, Teachers College, Columbia University
"Shapiro and Levine convince us that learning communitiesaddress what we now know about how students learn inside andoutside the classroom. Read this book for conceptual rationale,practical answers to implementation questions, and passionatevoices that speak for a social contract among students, facultymembers, and institutions, a contract enacted and assessed for thebenefit of all." —Barbara L. Cambridge, director, TeachingInitiatives, American Association for Higher Education
"Everything you always wanted to know about learningcommunities, but perhaps hadn't known enough to ask.... Shapiro andLevine are to be commAnded for this fine addition to the expandingliterature base on one of the most important educationalinnovations of our time." —John N. Gardner, executivedirector and distinguished professor, National Resource Center forThe First-Year Experience and Students in Transition/University101, University of South Carolina
In recent years, learning communities—a curricularinstructional innovation that integrates different facets of theundergraduate experience to enhance and enrich learning—havebecome the most promising new strategy for promoting studentsuccess and satisfaction in college. Learning communities givestudents the chance to deepen and diversify their education,connect with others who share their interests, and activelyparticipate in the educational process. Creating LearningCommunities is a practical, insightful guide to the essentials ofthis rewarding new program area, including how to design,
Introduction: Why Learning Communities?
Types and Models of Learning Communities.
Creating a Campus Culture for Learning Communities.
Developing the Curricula.
Recasting Faculty Roles and Rewards.
Building Administrative Partnerships.
Putting Administrative Structures in Place.
Evaluating and Assessing Learning Communities.
How Learning Communities Affect Students, Faculty, and theInstitution.
Concluding Advice and Reflections on Creating LearningCommunities.
Appendix: Learning Communities Contacts.