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ERIC Number: EJ926395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
In Search of a New Developmental-Education Pedagogy
Mellow, Gail O.; Woolis, Diana D.; Laurillard, Diana
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v43 n3 p50-59 2011
Nationwide, pass rates of developmental education students barely reach 60 percent, cutting short the promise of higher education for too many students. The authors believe that a national pass rate of 80 percent or better is possible; indeed, it is a national imperative. In this article, the authors describe an ongoing project that aims to understand and radically improve the teaching of developmental education, particularly on community college campuses. It asks, what happens in the classrooms of some faculty whose students succeed at a rate consistently higher than the students taught by their colleagues at the same school? The project, Global Skills for College Completion (GSCC), is funded through a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant awarded to the League for Innovation, in partnership with LaGuardia Community College and Knowledge in the Public Interest. It taps the wisdom of frontline faculty and the power of social media to create something new: a field-tested pedagogy of developmental education. GSCC's research design draws upon the conversational framework of Diana Laurillard. It is one of the few projects to place faculty and pedagogy at its center and to be both evidence based and theory driven. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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