An examination of the impact of learning communities on job/major congruence at a single institution
Wilmes, David Michael
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The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between learning community participation and job/major congruence. Previous research has demonstrated that learning communities are effective vehicles for promoting student and institutional outcomes. However, few studies have examined the impact of learning communities on alumni or career outcomes. This study uses Holland's (1997) theory of vocational choice to examine how learning community participation impacts job/major congruence. Using a mixed method, concurrent embedded design, I conducted a quantitative analysis of an alumni survey at a single institution which was informed by qualitative interviews. A logistic regression analysis found that learning community participation improved one's chances of reporting job/major congruence by 5.4%. The qualitative interviews demonstrate that this improvement in congruence may be due to the unique structures and pedagogical approaches found in learning communities. Implications of the results and directions for future research are discussed.