ERIC Number: ED150918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Basic Skills Programs: Are They Working? ERIC/Higher Education Research Report Number 1, 1978.
Grant, Mary Kathryn; Hoeber, Daniel R.
Basic skills programs are now almost a given in the curricula of postsecondary institutions; however, the key area of concern of basic skills researchers is, Are they working? The answer is two fold: yes, those involved in and committed to the programs are working very hard, and no, the programs themselves are not working very well. There is a dearth of empirically based evaluation research on the programs. The following are important in the discussion of basic skills programs: a historical perspective of governmental and institutional policies that have been challenged by the need for basic skills programs; the nature of the student who enters a program; a generalized description and definition of basic skills programs; and the conclusion drawn by some researchers that the existing compensatory programs have done very little toward eradicating the academic problems of disadvantaged college students. (MSE)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, College Students, Compensatory Education, Educational Opportunities, Educational Research, Educationally Disadvantaged, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Remedial Mathematics, Remedial Programs, Remedial Reading, Student Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness, Writing Skills
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education.