Learning Community Research and Assessment: What We Know Now

Kathe Taylor, with William S. Moore, Jean MacGregor, and Jerri Lindblad. National Learning Communities Project monograph series. 2003.

This publication addresses the question "do learning communities really work?" by reviewing previous assessment studies, highlighting some single institution studies and some notable research studies. It suggests areas for further research and assessment. Appendices include annotated bibliographies, a matrix of research studies, and some commercially available assessment instruments.

Table of Contents

Preface (PDF)
Vincent Tinto

Executive Summary (PDF)

Chapter 1: Do Learning Communities Really "Work?" (PDF)

Chapter 2: Research Studies (PDF)

Chapter 3: Single-Institution Assessment Reports (PDF)

Chapter 4: Notable Assessment Reports (PDF)

Chapter 5: Future Directions for Learning Community Research and Assessment (PDF)

Chapter 6: Contributors (PDF)

Chapter 7: Appendices (PDF)