Learning Communities: Their Effects on College Mathematics Students

By Cynthia Kaye S. Ellis and Betsy Berry.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The purpose of this study is to analyze the effects of learning communities on students attending mathematics classes at an urban commuter college. Learning communities have been shown to have a positive effect on whether students complete their four-year course of study in a traditional university setting. Traditional freshmen who were part of a learning community were more likely to be successful in their mathematics classes. These students were also more likely to feel confident and comfortable in the mathematics classes that they needed to take for their degree programs. Students who were not a part of a learning community were less likely to feel as much of a connection with the university community and thus, were not as likely to complete their four year degrees. Students who were a part of a learning community had higher retention rates and lower DFW rates. Returning adults are not eligible to be included in learning communities. They may benefit from other programs to complete their degree programs.

Keywords: Learning Communities, Mathematics

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 11, pp.289-308. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 959.541KB).

Cynthia Kaye S. Ellis

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

Cynthia Kaye S. Ellis is a Limited Term Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne where she completed her master’s degree in mathematics education. The research on learning communities is being completed in conjunction with Dr. Betsy Berry. Both Ellis and Berry are interested in making mathematics attainable for all students.

Dr. Betsy Berry

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

Dr. Betsy Berry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.

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