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Reconsidering Learning Communities: Expanding the Discourse by Challenging the Discourse

From: The Journal of General Education
Volume 54, Number 3, 2005
pp. 209-236 | 10.1353/jge.2006.0007


This article draws on historical and philosophical lenses and interviews with students to question some fundamental tenets underlying the practice of freshman learning communities (FLCs): that they develop community and improve studentsÕ learning experiences. The article brings to the discourse of FLCs some critical questions regarding their value and practice.