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ERIC Number: EJ876843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: N/A
Accelerating Developmental Education: The Case for Collaboration
Boylan, Hunter R.
Inquiry, v9 n1 Spr 2004
In this article, the author discusses the need for collaboration in developmental education and proposes two major ideas for consideration: (1) that educators need to re-conceptualize how they go about delivering developmental education; and (2) that they need to collaborate more fully with others in practicing it. The author notes that of almost half of entering students identified as underprepared, close to 100 percent of them are placed in sixteen-week developmental courses. Stockpiling all the students who fall below a certain cut-off score on assessment instruments in developmental courses is only one of many solutions to the problem of under-preparedness. But it is the one solution that everyone seems to use. As Parker Palmer once said, "College faculty always apply the same solution to whatever problems they confront... it's called "addacourse"." Unfortunately, a sixteen-week developmental course may not be the best solution for all students. The author offers alternatives to the traditional sixteen-week "addacourse" solution for students who need developmental education.
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Practices, Teacher Collaboration, Transitional Programs, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Collegiality, Educational Innovation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia