ERIC Number: ED299850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Basic Skills Education: The Dialectics of Reconciliation.
The question of whether basic skills courses belong in higher education is examined through a review of the literature. The following issues are discussed in terms of opposing and supporting positions: (1) economic concerns (recruitment of a wider pool of students necessitate basic skills courses but preserve enrollment levels); (2) academic concerns (educational quality, appropriate staffing, credit, loss of funds from academic programs); (3) legal concerns (litigation by students against institutions); (4) ethical concerns (obligation to society and the needs of varying types of students); and (5) philosophic concerns (definition of institutional mission and the place for basic skills education). The following types of proactive responses by the academic community to the basic skills needs of undergraduates are then discussed: cognitive skills (higher-order thinking skills); study skills (listening skills, note-taking, outlying, test-taking, time management); language skills; and personal development (attitudes, self-discipline, personal responsibility). Five problems that occur in basic skills programs are also described, including coordination, magnitude of the program, the presence of opposition, collection of student performance data, and status within the academic community. Contains 41 references. (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the joint conference of the American College Personnel Association/National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (Chicago, IL, March 15-18, 1987) under the title "Effective Advising of the Underprepared: A Time to Reconsider."