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Student perceptions about their informal learning experiences in a first-year residential learning community


Author(s): Domizi, D. P.

Citation: Domizi, D. P. (2008). Student perceptions about their informal learning experiences in a first-year residential learning community. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 20(1), 97-110.

 

Abstract

This study examined the perceptions of six first-year students involved in a residential learning community during the program's pilot year. During group interviews, study participants shared their perceptions about what they were learning as members of the community and what value they placed on that learning. The findings indicated students perceived they were learning (a) how to relate to their peers in a number of ways, (b) that the new environment prompted them to question personal beliefs and assumptions, and (c) that they were benefiting from the academic and social support of the learning community. Findings from this study may heighten awareness among faculty and administrators regarding issues students face outside the classroom and may suggest to classroom instructors ways to use informal learning to enhance formal learning experiences.

 

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