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The impact of a living learning community on first-year engineering students
European Journal of Engineering Education (2016)
  • Margaret A. Flynn
  • Jess W. Everett
  • Dexter C. Whittinghill, III
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of an engineering living and learning community (ELC) on first-year engineering students. A control group of non-ELC students was used to compare the experiences of the ELC participants. Analysis of survey data showed that there was significant differences between the ELC students and the non-ELC students in how they responded to questions regarding social support, academic support, connectedness to campus, and satisfaction with the College of Engineering and the institution as a whole. Particularly, there were significant differences between ELC and non-ELC students for questions related to feeling like part of an engineering community, having strong relationships with peers, belonging to a supportive peer network, studying with engineering peers, and spending time with classmates outside of class.
Keywords
  • engineering living and learning community,
  • first-year students,
  • residential programmes
Disciplines
Publication Date
2016
DOI
10.1080/03043797.2015.1059408
Citation Information
Margaret A. Flynn, Jess W. Everett and Dexter C. Whittinghill. "The impact of a living learning community on first-year engineering students" European Journal of Engineering Education Vol. 41 Iss. 3 (2016) p. 331 - 341 ISSN: 1469-5898
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dexter-whittinghill/1/