Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

March 26: Community: A kaleidoscopic perspective

Essays, Stories & Reports:

  • What works - A PKAL essay
    An essay on spaces and community
    - Jeanne L. Narum, Director - Project Kaleidoscope
    A picture is worth a thousand words when talking about spaces and community.

  • What works - A PKAL essay
    A community that "works"
    - Adapted from PKAL Occasional Paper
    In PKAL-sponsored events over the years, participants have reflected on how the character of their community affects the process of planning, building, and sustaining strong programs.

  • What matters - A PKAL essay
    Planning, leadership and community
    - Adapted from PKAL Volume I - What Works: Building Natural Science Communities
    The process of reaching a campus consensus on the shape of programs and/or spaces for the future of undergraduate STEM programs in itself can create a healthy community, one that is informed about, sympathetic with, and supportive of, a strong science program.

  • What works - A PKAL essay
    K-12 science teacher: partners in community
    - Adapted from PKAL Volume I - What Works: Building Natural Science Communities
    College faculty should recognize that their students are bridges that link their world to the high schools: high school teachers pass students on to college, and many of those same students prepare in college for careers as teachers. The natural science community bridges the gap between levels of schooling.

Resources from PKAL:

  • What matters - A PKAL essay
    Creating a sense of community - spaces matter -- The Grinnell College story
    Creating a community within the sciences was the principal goal in planning for the newly constructed and renovated spaces for science at Grinnell College. This goal grew out of the premise that students learn best when they have easy access to learning opportunities both in and out of the formal classroom and laboratory settings.

Resources from other sources:

  • What matters - An essay
    Science across the curriculum - The Binghamton University story
    - Albert H. Tricomi, Distinguished Teaching Professor - Binghamton University, State University of New York
    In 1996, Binghamton University inaugurated its first General Education Program for all students. The process of discussing and approving requirements for this program had an immediate and a lasting effect on how students on our campus experience learning in mathematics and science.

  • What matters - A checklist
    Departmental Thermometer
    - Adapted from a survey prepared by mathematicians Sylvia Bozeman of Spelman College and Ted Vessey of St. Olaf College.
    A check-list from which leaders can determine the "temperature" of their community in regard to serving all students.

TIP: Have an outside expert or perhaps someone from your anthropology department or institutional research office interview exiting seniors to determine their attitudes and perspectives on the community within your program.