ERIC Number: ED059714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
Reference Count: 0
After the Open Door: An Approach to Developmental Education.
Vaughan, George B.; Puyear, Donald E.
Based on the learning theories of Benjamin S. Bloom, the program described in this report aims to help students develop basic skills for success in college work. The program, created for Virginia Highlands Community College, centers around English and mathematics learning laboratories. All students can enroll in regular college level courses, but those with weak academic backgrounds or low entrance examination scores also participate in one or more laboratories. There the student can master the course objectives at his own rate and with the help of a variety of instructional aids. Advantages of this program include: (1) the students using the labs were not segregated from other students; (2) the lab students were given a clear diagnosis of their learning problems and the measurable objectives which they had to master; and (3) lab students received academic credit toward their graduation rather than having to take non-credit "remedial" courses. In general, students using the labs, either for one term or for the whole first year, had higher GPA's at the end of the year. The statistical information given, however, is used to illustrate trends and not to document conclusions. (LP)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Behavioral Objectives, Developmental Programs, Diagnostic Teaching, Learning Laboratories, Learning Problems, Measurement Objectives, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs, Two Year Colleges
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Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.