This article emphasises the importance of cultivating learning communities. It presents empirical evidence for the PASS (Peer Assisted Student Success) scheme, which is well established in the UK context. PASS facilitates international students’ social integration with students of other nationalities, and helps them develop relationships with peers and PASS leaders, which contributes to an increased sense of belonging to a community. The article focuses on international students, but suggests practical ideas that are applicable to all students.
Here’s the article: Journal of Learning Development in HE Communities of practice for international students (PDF 717 KB – opens in a new window)
Lucy Chilvers, University of Brighton