ERIC Number: ED156223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Developmental Studies: Whose Responsibility?
Herd, Ruby H.
A national study on Adult Functional Competency, conducted by the University of Texas, determined that less than one-half of the adult population (46%) was proficient in handling the demands of modern living. Educators have never done even an adequate job of educating the country's people. If the primary goal of the teaching profession is to genuinely impact the lives of all human beings by teaching them to know and use their own minds, then there is no difference in the validity of the goal whether achieved successfully at the basic/introductory learning or graduate level. Although part of the American social and political structure, educational institutions enrich some lives, but guarantee intellectual impoverishment to others. It has become increasingly difficult for many educators to live comfortably with that fact. Efforts to compensate for poor educational experiences, especially for nontraditional students at two- and four-year colleges, have been primarily aimed at development of study skills through remedial courses. The program at El Centro College provides one approach to the problem and involves a separate division with integrated subject courses and the participation of counselor/instructors and students in planning educational experiences consistent with students' abilities and goals. (TR)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Role, Community Colleges, Compensatory Education, Developmental Programs, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Responsibility, Educationally Disadvantaged, Individualized Programs, Nontraditional Students, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs, Teacher Responsibility, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Innovation, Diffusion, and Delivery in Education (Newport Beach, California, March 6-8, 1978)