A qualitative investigation of student outcomes in a residential learning community
Author(s): Blackhurst, A. E., Akey, L. D., & Bobilya, A. J.
Citation: Blackhurst, A. E., Akey, L. D., & Bobilya, A. J. (2003). A qualitative investigation of student outcomes in a residential learning community. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 15(2), 35-39.
Researchers conducted a qualitative study of students' in- and out-of-class experiences in a residential learning community at a mid-sized public institution. Focus group interviews were conducted to explore (a) the outcomes of learning community membership from participants point of view and (b) the connections between participants' reported perceptions and behaviors and the measurable outcomes of the program (i.e., those previously assessed using quantitative means). Based on the findings, recommendations for learning community program development and administration are presented.