Building learning communities in residential colleges

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Muldoon, Robyn and Macdonald, Ian (2009) Building learning communities in residential colleges. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 6 (2). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1449-9789


This paper addresses the retention issues presented when large numbers of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and associated disadvantaged educational histories live together on-campus. It reports research in progress on a new approach taken at the University of New England (UNE), Australia, aimed at encouraging the growth of learning communities in colleges through the training and subsequent support of senior students charged with helping first year students negotiate the transition to successful university study. It outlines the issues faced by both the first year students and the senior students, strategies implemented, outcomes to date and plans for further change. UNE is a regional university with 5,000 oncampus students, half of whom live in seven residential colleges. It appears that for these students, traditional lectures and workshops on learning strategies and techniques are not as effective as layered, personal ‘at the elbow’ learning support in a non-threatening, social environment.

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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Keywords ResPubID21805. learning communities, residential colleges, transition, disadvantaged students, higher education, tertiary education, university education, University of New England, UNE, Australia, Australian
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