ERIC Number: ED256406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb-4
Reference Count: 0
Responding to Criticisms of Developmental Education.
Cohen, Arthur M.
In the context of a discussion of the role of developmental education in the nation's community colleges, this paper responds to criticisms of developmental education that have been made in recent years. First, the paper considers the role of developmental education in promoting literacy, examines definitions of literacy, highlights results of recent surveys showing the level at which particular courses are taught, and cites common reactions from college instructors to the low levels at which their courses are taught. Next, 10 criticisms of developmental education are presented and responded to, including: (1) the community college is the wrong place to provide developmental education; (2) developmental education costs too much; (3) developmental education should be taught in a separate school; (4) there is insufficient articulation with secondary schools; (5) faculty members do not know how to teach literacy; (6) there is too much experimentation with too few results; (7) instructors ask too little of the students; (8) there are inconsistent standards used in the classroom; (9) placement and diagnostic tests are not valid; and (10) the support services are not worth what they cost. Responses to these criticisms highlight the fact that community colleges have little choice but to teach developmental education; discuss methods for holding down program costs; argue that all faculty should be involved in developmental education; point to areas in which articulation with secondary schools can be improved; suggest means of improving developmental instruction; and outline ways in which developmental education can be integrated into the fabric of the institution. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech delivered at the Conference on "Facing the Challenges and Challengers of Developmental Education" (Phoenix, AZ, February 4, 1982).