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Sustaining and Improving Learning Communitiesby Jodi Levine Laufgraben
Synopses & Reviews
Sustaining and Improving Learning Communities is the long awaited follow-up to the groundbreaking book Creating Learning Communities. The authors continue their exploration of the concept of learning communities as an innovation in undergraduate curricular instruction that allow students to actively participate in their own education, and deepen and diversify their college experience. Jodi Levine Laufgraben and Nancy S. Shapiro address a wide range of topics such as campus culture for sustaining learning communities, learning communities and the curriculum, pedagogies, and faculty development.
Book News Annotation:
In this follow-up to their book on creating learning communities, Laufgraben (associate vice provost, Temple University) and Shapiro (academic affairs, University of Maryland) continue their exploration of the concept of learning communities, an innovation in undergraduate curricular instruction that allows students to deepen their college experience. They offer teachers and campus leaders insight on campus culture, planning and assessing the curriculum, faculty development, and sustaining living-learning programs.
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--Mary Stuart Hunter, director, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina
About the Author
Jodi Levine Laufgraben, formerly director of First-Year programs and the assistant vice provost for University Studies, is associate vice provost and director of Periodic Program Review at Temple University, Philadelphia.
Nancy S. Shapiro, founding director of the College Park Scholars Program, is the associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, at the University System of Maryland.
They are the coauthors of Creating Learning Communities.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The What and Why of Learning Communities.
2. A Campus Culture for Sustaining Learning Communities (Anne Goodsell Love).
3. Planning and Assessing the Curriculum.
4. Pedagogy That Builds Community (Jodi Levine Laufgraben, Daniel Tompkins).
5. Faculty Development.
6. Developing Purposeful and Focused Assessment.
7. Approaching Diversity Through Learning Communities (Emily Decker Lardner).
8. Sustaining Living-Learning Programs (David Schoem).
9. Next Steps: Expanding Our Understanding of Communities of Learning.
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