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Author(s):Engstrom, C., and Tinto, V
Title:Learning better together: The impact of learning communities on the persistence of low-income students
Organization:Opportunity Matters
Short Description:This article describes the major findings from a longitudinal study of the impact of learning communities on the success of academically under-prepared, low-income students in 13 community colleges across the country. The findings strongly support adapting the learning community model to basic skills instruction to improve learning and persistence for this population.
Annotation:This article describes the major findings from a longitudinal study of the impact of learning communities on the success of academically under-prepared, low-income students in 13 community colleges across the country. In this study, the authors employed both quantitative longitudinal survey and qualitative case study and interview methods, utilizing the former in order to ascertain to what degree participation in a learning community enhanced student success and the latter to understand why and how it is that such communities do so. The findings strongly support adapting the learning community model to basic skills instruction to improve learning and persistence for this population.
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Community Colleges
Educational Attainment/College Degree Completion
Low-Income Students
Preparation/College Readiness
Student Success

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