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Sustaining and Improving Learning Communities


reviewed by Schevaletta M. Alford — 2005

coverTitle: Sustaining and Improving Learning Communities
Author(s): Jodi Levine Laufgraben and Nancy S. Shapiro
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787960543, Pages: 186, Year: 2004
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Sustaining and Improving Learning Communities is a "must have" for academics--faculty and administrators--who are interested in moving established learning communities to higher levels of efficiency and effectiveness. In the preface the authors Jodi Levine Laufgraben, Nancy S. Shapiro and Associates explain that their book is for "… campus leaders who recognize the value of learning communities in transforming the undergraduate experience" (p. xv). This book is not only for transforming the experiences of undergraduates, it is also for changing the experiences of faculty. The transformation is based on the implementation of an organizational structure for the delivery of knowledge.  These changes create "curricular coherence" which culminates in a deeper learning by the students and a stronger sense of community among students and faculty.   Within the title, Sustaining and Improving Learning Communities, there is the implication that the book is directed solely towards the continuation and improvement of established learning communities. The book also provides a detailed explanation of how community organizers might more efficiently restructure their programs to obtain better results... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1486-1494
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11417, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 7:18:15 AM

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  • Schevaletta Alford
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
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    SCHEVALETTA ALFORD is an associate professor and the Director/Chair of the SEEK Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Schevaletta's research interest is student development and retention initiatives. Schevaletta is currently examining the leeway for experimentation that exists in opportunity programs. It is a national trend that many innovations resulting from work done in these programs becomes incorporated into the mainstream college and university programs.
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