Learning to Belong: The Best and Hardest Work of Learning Communities

  • Lee Burdette Williams University of Connecticut
Keywords: Higher Education, Learning Communities


Learning communities are structures that offer us opportunities for deep, intentional, and sometimes problematic collaboration across campus. They also have a way of mediating that mismatch between what students are capable of and what our institutions expect of them. If we believe that learning takes place best in the context of community, then learning communities may offer a home community from which students may venture forth onto our campuses, prepared to be active members of the larger community of scholars and educators.