Research in Higher Education

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 115–138

Adding Value: Learning Communities and Student Engagement


DOI: 10.1023/

Cite this article as:
Zhao, CM. & Kuh, G.D. Research in Higher Education (2004) 45: 115. doi:10.1023/


This study examines the relationships between participating in learning communities and student engagement in a range of educationally purposeful activities of first-year and senior students from 365 4-year institutions. The findings indicate that participating in a learning community is positively linked to engagement as well as student self-reported outcomes and overall satisfaction with college.

learning communities college students student development student engagement effective educational practices integrative learning 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of TeachingStanford
  2. 2.Indiana University BloomingtonUSA

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