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Research & Teaching in Developmental Education

Research & Teaching in Developmental Education is a magazine focusing on Education

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, Fall

Addressing the "Theory Crisis" in Developmental Education: Ideas from Practitioners in the Field
AbstractThis article summarizes survey responses provided by participants at two state and two national developmental education conferences regarding theoretical perspectives to guide the profession. Developmental educators identified a wide variety...
Advising Students in Developmental Education: How Accurate Are Developmental Education Students' Self-Assessments?
AbstractTo better understand how to advise developmental education students and improve their chances of academic success, the author measured the reliability of students' claims regarding their attendance at lectures, their attendance at help-sessions,...
An Idea into Practice: A Cross-Age Program That Doesn't Shoot for the Moon
Because they can be cumbersome and time-consuming to implement fully, too many good teaching ideas seldom find their way into practice. For three semesters, I've attempted to put one of those good ideas into practice, and, while my implementation has...
Crossing the Boundaries: A Case Study of One Remedial Student's Transformation into a College Writer
AbstractThe author offers highlights from a semester-long exploratory study of an innovative and intensive double-period composition course for students entering at the remedial level. She focuses on one developmental writer, aiming to capture her successful...
Developmental Education: Criticisms, Benefits and Survival Strategies
AbstractMany higher education institutions are eliminating developmental education even though demand for the courses has tripled in the past 15 years. Entire states have gone so far as to prohibit developmental education at four-year institutions. This...
Foreword
Editing a journal is not too unlike being a student in a writing course. One needs to constantly consider those questions faced in completing any writing assignment. Who is the audience? What are the interests? How can ideas be presented in a compelling...
Game "Theory" in the Developmental Mathematics Class
As developmental educators, we all know that half of the battle is getting our students to class. There are so many problems that developmental students face in their everyday lives such as childcare, jobs, and long commutes that they often miss our...
How Not to Teach Racquetball
Whether it is learning how to play baseball, drive, or teach, the advice is the same: Practice the basics until they become second nature. I think this is the wrong way to start. (Langer, 1997, p. 10)Not long ago I went to my campus gym and took up my...
Legal Issues in Developmental Education: Immigrant Students and the DREAM Act
Institutions of higher education are faced with the immediate question of how to serve a growing number of students from families of undocumented immigrants. Although it is difficult to determine the number of undocumented immigrant students in the United...
Our Cast of Characters
The sign-in computer has dust on it. There is no whiff of coffee as you come in the door. There is no toxic tension in the air nor is there any energizing upsurge of sudden understanding. The Academic Support Center is closed for the summer.What an appropriate...
Practical Insights on the Pedagogy of Group Work
The topic group work carries over from the last column, which focused on classroom management strategies for large writing classes. Unlike the material presented there, which addressed logistical concerns, group work follows a specified pedagogical framework...
Teaching Writing Using Writing
"Writing is one of the great human pleasures and is done in the energy of that pleasure" (Ponset & Deen) 1). Teaching writing is much more exhilarating when the instructor moves away from giving assignments, writing comments on papers and then assigning...
That's Not What I Meant: Language, Culture, and Meaning
That's Not What I Meant: Language, Culture, and MeaningTannen, D. (2004). That'snot what !meant: Language, culture, and meaning. (Available from Into the Classroom Media, 10573 N. Pico Blvd., #162, Los Angeles, CA 90064.).My inclination is to lavishly...
The Profession of English in the 2 Year College
The Profession of English in the 2 Year CollegeReynolds, M., & Holladay-Hicks, S. (Eds.), (2005). The Profession of English in the 2 Year College. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Publishers Inc."The two-year college is uniquely American: No other institution...