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Living Learning Communities: Resource Guide


Welcome to the Living Learning Communities Resource Guide. All resources are available through WKU Libraries. 

Books: Living Learning Communities & Student Success

Hoidn, S. (2017). Student-centered learning environments in higher education classrooms. New York: Palgrave Macmillin.
Schmidt, L. ed. (2016). Building synergy for high-impact educational initiatives: first-year seminars and learning communities. Columbia, SC: National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition.
Smith, B.L., MacGregor, J., Matthews, R.S., & Gabelnick, F. & Associates (2004). Learning communities: Reforming undergraduate education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Journal Articles: Living Learning Communities

Bauer, R., & Susan, K. (2017). Nursing living-learning communities and student retention: A qualitative study. Nursing Education Perspectives, 38(2), 75-79.
Brower, A. M., & Inkelas, K. K. (2010). Living-learning programs: One high-impact education practice we now know a lot about. Liberal Education. 96(2), 36-43.
Doyle, J., Wheelis, M., Thompson, L., Strietzel, J. (2019). The impact of living-learning program scholarships on scholarship recipients. Journal of student affairs research and practice, 56)2), 221-234.
Gonyea, B., Fosnacht, K., & Fassett, K. (2020, Oct. 14). Revisiting the impact of living-learning communities on student engagement and success [Conference session]. ACUHO-I Academic Initiatives Conference, Virtual.
Hurtado, S. S. , Gonyea, R. M. , Graham, P. A. , Fosnacht, K. (2020). The relationship between residential learning communities and student engagement. Learning Communities Research and Practice, 8(1).
Inkelas, K. K., Daver, Z. E., Vogt, K. E., & Leonard, J. (2007). Living-learning programs and first-generation college students’ academic and social transition to college. Research in Higher Education. 48 (4), 403-434.
Inkelas, K. K., Vogt, K. E., Longerbeam, S. D., Owen, J., & Johnson, D. (2006). Measuring outcomes of living-learning programs: Examining college environments and student learning and development. The Journal of General Education. 55(1), 40-76.
Longerbeam, S. D., & Sedlacek, W. E. (2006). Attitudes toward diversity and living-learning outcomes among first-and second-year college students. NASPA Journal. 43(1), 40-55.
Pasque, P. A., & Murphy, R. (2005). The intersections of living-learning programs and social identity as factors of academic achievement and intellectual engagement. Journal of College Student Development. 46(4), 429-441.
Petracchi, H. E., Weaver, A., Engel, R. J., Kolivoski, K. M., & Das, Rachelle. (2010). An assessment of service learning in a university living-learning community: Implications for community engagement. Journal of Community Practice. 18(2/3), 252-266.
Rowan-Kenyon, H., Soldner, M., & Inkelas, K. K. (2007). The contributions of living-learning programs on developing sense of civic engagement in undergraduate students. NASPA Journal. 44(4), 750-778.
Spanierman, L., et al. (2013). Living learning communities and students' sense of community and belonging. Journal of student affairs research and practice, 50(3), 308-325.
Szelényi, K., & Inkelas, K. (2011). The role of living-learning programs in women’s plans to attend graduate school in STEM fields. Research in Higher Education. 52(4), 349-369.
Wawrzynski, M. R., Jessup-Anger, J. E., & Stolz, K. (2009). Exploring students perceptions of academically based living-learning communities. College Student Affairs Journal. 28(1), 138-158.
Weiss, M., Visher, M., Weissman, E., & Wathington, H. (2015). The impact of learning communities for students in developmental education: A synthesis of findings from randomized trials at six community colleges. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 37(4), 520-541.

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Anthony Paganelli
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