Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Community of Learners

  • Christopher FischerEmail author
  • Shana Pribesh
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_1207



Community of Learners is a general term used to refer to the concept of grouping individuals to support collective and individual learning. The phrase has been associated with professional learning communities (PLCs), but this entry examines its association with small learning communities (SLC), a product of the small schools movement. A small learning community is any separately defined, individualized learning unit within a larger school setting. Students and teachers are scheduled together by community and frequently have a common area of the school in which to hold most or all of their classes (Wasley et al. 2000).

A small learning community is a school reform initiative aimed at addressing issues caused by large comprehensive high schools’ bureaucratic school organization, fragmented curriculum, and impersonal climate, especially in urban settings. Sources of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Center for Educational PartnershipsOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA