STEM Learning Communities: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching and Learning

STEM Learning Communities: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching and Learning

Bernadette Kelley (Florida A&M University, USA) and Lisa McClelland (Florida A&M University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2214-2.ch003
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Abstract

This chapter presents a case study involving the fictional Coastal University’s move to the next level of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) student achievement by applying a holistic approach to educating the STEM student using a learning community. Learning communities are designed to improve retention rates, increase student learning and achievement, increase faculty engagement, and lessen the feelings of isolation some students feel on large campuses. This case discusses the various components that were utilized to enhance the learning community including cluster courses, seminars, branch activities, academic progress assessments, and meetings. The challenges with the implementation of the learning community and the engagement in interdisciplinary activities will be discussed as will recommendations for the future.

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