Academic journal article Research & Teaching in Developmental Education

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Academic journal article Research & Teaching in Developmental Education

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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 and interesting manner? Do I have the attention of my reader? And of course, have I caught grammar, mechanical and formatting errors?

Fulfilling this role as editor has continually reminded me of the issues my writing students face. This has been a valuable lesson and has influenced how I approach writing in the classroom - everything from directions for and assessment of assignments. This lesson is one that should not be lost on developmental educators. We need to always remember what is like to be "on the other side of the desk." There are fears as well as talents we must address in order to allow our students to grow and succeed not just in our classrooms, but also as they move on to their careers.

In this issue of the journal, the articles by Chung and Higbee and Shields address issues that have consistently dogged developmental education: theory, practice, and worth. …

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