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ERIC Number: EJ1035669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0894-3907
Addressing Flawed Research in Developmental Education
Goudas, Alexandros M.; Boylan, Hunter R.
Journal of Developmental Education, v36 n1 p2-4, 6, 8, 10, 12-13 Fall 2012
Much of recent research in postsecondary developmental education leaves the distinct impression that most remedial courses in community colleges are unsuccessful in helping students and that they should be entirely overhauled. Legislators and administrators are now taking these recommendations very seriously and are ready to cut programs that are ineffective out of their budgets. However, if this research is read in depth, it is clear the data do not completely support such claims of inefficacy. In fact, if one were to use solely the data from these studies, one could conclude that indeed community colleges are at least somewhat successful with their current developmental programs. The interpretation depends on how developmental education is defined, how success is defined, and how data is interpreted within a larger context. This paper explores the recent research's primary claims regarding the effectiveness of developmental education, the data supporting those claims, their conclusions, and some potentially harmful results. We include different interpretations of that same data along with other infrequently cited studies to help shed light on what the current state of developmental education is with our nation's nearly 1,200 community colleges.
National Center for Developmental Education. Appalachian State University, P.O. Box 32098, Boone, NC 28608-2098. Tel: 828-262-3057; Fax: 828-262-7183; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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