ERIC Number: ED305973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-8
Reference Count: 0
Back to the Future: Thirty Years of Developmental Education.
Drawing from the literature of the 1950s and more recently published articles from the 1980s, this essay attempts to analyze the extent to which the field of developmental education has changed and/or remained the same over the past 30 years. Comparisons are drawn with respect to the following: (1) the cognitive and affective scope of developmental education; (2) interdisciplinary and integrated approaches to basic skills instruction; (3) recognition of individual differences among students; (4) use of educational technologies; (5) appropriate criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of developmental education; (6) the number of developmental programs and services; and (7) changing demands of developmental programs. The paper concludes that several aspects of developmental education have not changed perceptibly in the past 30 years, including the emphasis on the student as a whole, the integration of programs across disciplines, and the individualization of services to specific students. Highlighted changes include advances in educational technology, though the paper notes that the trend toward the use of available technologies was evident in the 1950s; more sophisticated evaluation criteria and methodologies; significant increases in the number of community colleges providing a full range of developmental services; and the modification of the scope of these services in response to fiscal and political conditions. (ALB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Keynote address presented at the Kansas/Nebraska Regional Western College Reading and Learning Association Meeting (Grand Island, NE, October 8, 1988).