Learning Strategy: Gathering


Gathering is defined as a large or small assembly, where interactions are informal, yet social, in nature and are intended to strengthen social connections and relationships to one's surrounding community.

"We are connected by the need to matter and the need to belong. The creation of environments that clearly indicate to all students that they matter will urge them to greater involvement...[making successful institutions] where students are motivated to learn, where their retention is high, where their institutional loyalty for the short- and long-term future is ensured (Schlossberg, Lynch and Chickering, 1989)."

Other learning strategies that work well with this learning strategy

Reflection: an activity or planned facilitation method to debrief a specific activity or experience.

Resources for using this strategy

  1. http://www.informationr.net/ir/12-2/paper291.html
  2. http://nevernotanra.blogspot.com/2014/07/theory-schlossbergs-theory-of.html

Examples at USD

  1. Hall Council movie nights
  2. STEP gatherings
  3. Residence hall pizza parties
  4. OA: Canyon Walk
  5. TPB concerts


E. Fisher, Karen & Landry, Carol & Naumer, Charles. (2007). Social Spaces, Casual Interactions, Meaningful Exchanges: 'Information Ground' Characteristics Based on the College Student Experience. Information Research, ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2006-2007. 12.

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. (1990). Campus Life: In Search of Community. A Special Report. Lawrenceville, NJ: Ernest L. Boyer (frwd.).

Schlossberg, N. K. (1989), Marginality and mattering: Key issues in building community. New Directions for Student Services, 1989: 5–15. doi:10.1002/ss.37119894803

Rev. 8/29/17

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