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Creating Learning Communities: A Practical Guide to Winning Support, Organizing for Change, and Implementing Programs 1st Edition

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"...provides excellent practical advice that should be required reading...." (Planning for Higher Education, September 2002)

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"One of the most powerful ideas in higher education today is transforming campuses into learning communities. At last, Shapiro and Levine have given us-faculty, students, and administrators—a handbook on how to accomplish this. It is one of those too rare and much-needed volumes on translating theory into practice by authors who have actually done it. "—Arthur Levine, president, Teachers College, Columbia University

"Shapiro and Levine convince us that learning communities address what we now know about how students learn inside and outside the classroom. Read this book for conceptual rationale, practical answers to implementation questions, and passionate voices that speak for a social contract among students, faculty members, and institutions, a contract enacted and assessed for the benefit of all." —Barbara L. Cambridge, director, Teaching Initiatives, American Association for Higher Education

"Everything you always wanted to know about learning communities, but perhaps hadn't known enough to ask.... Shapiro and Levine are to be commAnded for this fine addition to the expanding literature base on one of the most important educational innovations of our time." —John N. Gardner, executive director and distinguished professor, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition/University 101, University of South Carolina

In recent years, learning communities—a curricular instructional innovation that integrates different facets of the undergraduate experience to enhance and enrich learning—have become the most promising new strategy for promoting student success and satisfaction in college. Learning communities give students the chance to deepen and diversify their education, connect with others who share their interests, and actively participate in the educational process. Creating Learning Communities is a practical, insightful guide to the essentials of this rewarding new program area, including how to design,

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 24, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787944629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787944629
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Lyttle on March 29, 2000
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MAJOR THEMES: Definition of a Learning Community; Types and Models of Learning Communities; Example of Learning Community and how the institution implemented: The most interesting idea to me was the discussion of creating a learning community on a college campus and the fact that it took all aspects of the campus 'community' to really be able to create that learning community. From the Admissions office to Facility Services. The major portion of the book was dedicated the discussion of "Creating a Campus Culture for Learning Communities" based upon the case study of College Park Scholars at the University of Maryland, College Park. The chapter discussed the fact that your committee would need to evaluate your mission statement. Your mission statement might need to include characteristics of learning communities. Discussion of strategic planning for a learning community. The authors stated that you would need to evaluate and determine the key players in the process of creating the learning community, as well as the need to determine what the priorities might be for the learning community. Excellent example of a grid for helping a campus create the culture. The authors furthered discussed the need for a planning calendar, financial concerns of creating a learning community. The book went on to discuss developing the curricula for a learning community. The examples and case studies were excellent. It was very helpful to me to see what other institutions have done to create a learning community. I would like to be able to take this one step further and create the online learning community. Very enjoyable read and an excellent resource for the institution that is working on creating a learning environment.
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By dobielink on August 24, 2015
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Great book
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