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Abstract

Do learning communities with pedagogies of active learning, collaborative learning, and integration of course material affect the learning, achievement, and persistence of first-year Latino university students? The data for this project was obtained from a survey of 1,330 first-year students in the First-Year Learning Community Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in fall 2005. Using survey data combined with student background characteristics and multivariate analyses, the findings reveal that learning communities had a positive effect on all students’ first semester GPA, and that learning community practices, especially collaborative learning, benefit Latino students. The study also proposes a technique for estimating the impact of learning communities on Latino students.

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