This study examined “out-of-class experiences that seniors associated with their learning and personal development” (p. 125). 149 senior college students from 12 colleges were interviewed with focus on significant events and changes since they began college. Results suggest many outside class experiences, especially leadership activities and work or internship experience in their area of interest positively contribute to a student’s overall education in areas such as critical thinking and organizational skills. The authors suggest that such benefits can also be gained in class if “faculty design learning activities that emphasize acquisition of these skills” (p. 148). The authors suggest “institutional policies must be crafted and faculty and staff attitudes modified in such a way that these out-of-class experiences are viewed as essential rather than in competition with or tangential” (p. 148). As campus climate and peer interaction were also found to correlate with student development, the authors suggest more research is needed into how improving student culture can contribute to the overall campus culture and ethos.
Kuh, G. D. (1995). Out-of-class experiences associated with student learning and personal development. Journal of Higher Education, 66, 123-155.
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|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|In Publication||Journal of Higher Education|
|Type of Research||Qualitative|
|Intervention/Areas of Study||Course design, Course organization, Student motivation|
|Level of Analysis||Student-level|
|Specific Populations Examined||Undergraduates|
|Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest||4-year Institution|
|Specific Course or Program Characteristics|
|Outcome Variables of Interest|
|Student Sample Size||100-199|