Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

Learning Communities

Institutional Context

  • What matters - A PKAL survey
    Characteristics of ideal spaces for science

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What works - A PKAL essay
    Success in transforming the undergraduate learning environment
    - Jeanne L. Narum, Director - Project Kaleidoscope