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ERIC Number: EJ1106966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0935
Developmental Math: What's the Answer?
Cafarella, Brian
Community College Enterprise, v22 n1 p55-67 Spr 2016
Developmental mathematics has been under the radar within higher education for some time. The reality is that there are many proven best practices in developmental math. Unfortunately, there are many obstacles that prevent student success. Moreover, the high rates of attrition and failure have led state legislators and college administrators to impose top-down solutions in an attempt to push more students through their developmental math requirements. However, there is a danger that the influx in politics within developmental math could hinder student success even more. Developmental math instructors must continue to employ a wide variety of best practices to reach an extremely heterogeneous group. The various obstacles that consistently thwart student success must also be addressed. Policy makers must determine whether it is realistic to have such high expectations of student success with the current open door policy that allows such obstacles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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