Learning Communities

(McMillan and Chavis)

             A learning community is a group of people who share

common goals and attitudes,

who meet semi-regularly to collaborate.

Community psychologists described

four key factors that define a sense of community.

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A group becomes a learning community when participants feel their interactions:

Create some sense of loyalty and belonging to the group (membership)

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Membership

A group becomes a learning community when participants feel their interactions:

Actively change something within the community (influence)

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Membership

Influence

A group becomes a learning community when participants feel their interactions:

Give the chance to meet particular needs through conversation and support

(fullfillment of individual needs)

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Membership

Influence

Fullfillment of

individual needs

A group becomes a learning community when participants feel their interactions:

Create emotional experiences of shared stories and events (emotional connections)

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Membership

Influence

Fullfillment of

indiviual needs

Emotional

Connections

Learning communities can help people to experience:

Camaraderie

Meaningful and integrative learning

Collaborative knowledge explorations

Life skills to flourish in a complex, messy, diverse world

Yet, the challenge remains to balance relationship with autonomy.

Group members need the support, challenge, and freedom to grow into the interactive agents of their personal learning.

LEARNING COMMUNITIES

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LEARNING COMMUNITIES

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