Connections and reflections: Creating a positive learning environment for first-year students
Author(s): Donahue, L.
Citation: Donahue, L. (2004). Connections and reflections: Creating a positive learning environment for first-year students. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 16(1), 77-100.
This study analyzed end-of-the semester reflection essays from first-year seminars to determine students' perceptions of their learning environments. Data analysis revealed that students need peers who provide personal and intellectual support, faculty who are personable and approachable, courses that encourage connections and community, and cocurricular activities that create common bonds and out of the classroom learning.