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    These blog entires identify best practices to increase success for historically-underrepresented college students including excerpts from my book, Access at the CrossroadsClick here to subscribe to this blog.

    Thursday
    Dec152016

    (S01-E04) Historic Voices Podcast: We Hold These Truths Radio Show - Celebration of Passage of the Original Bill of Rights

    In this podcast episode, we feature a rebroadcast of a radio show that celebrated the 150th anniversary of the original Bill of Rights approved by Congress and ratified by the states. The dramatic timing of the show was that it was aired live on December 15, 1941, just one week after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. At the end of the radio show, President Roosevelt addressed the nation and stated why war was needed against Japan to guarantee our constitutional rights as free people. That speech was shared during the previous episode of this podcast series. A special thanks to Dennis Humphreys of the Journey’s Into American History Podcast for granting permission to use this historic recording. His podcast can be subscribed through iTunes and other podcast services. In this portion of the radio show, you will hear the voices of famous Hollywood actors portraying average Americans in the late 1700s who debated reasons for passage of the Bill of Rights, its importance to average Americans, and why war might be needed to protect its freedoms. One of the voices you will hear will be Corporal Jimmy Stewart. After the Pearl Harbor bombing, Mr. Stewart immediately enlisted in the military like many other actors at that time. By the end of the war, Mr. Stewart was piloting bombing raids over Germany. He would eventually retire from the United States Air Force Reserves with the rank of Brigadier General, the highest-ranking actor in military history.
    Wednesday
    Dec142016

    (S01-E03) Historic Voices Podcast: President Roosevelt on the 150 Anniversay of the Bill of Rights

    In this podcast episode, we feature a short speech by President Roosevelt regarding why war against Japan was needed to defend our freedoms as Americans as expressed through the Bill of Rights. The President delivered this short speech at the end of a one-hour radio program celebrating the 150th anniversary of the original Bill of Rights approved by Congress and ratified by the states. While many of us have probably heard the other speeches by the President on the days following the attack, this may be one that you have not heard before. A special thanks to Dennis Humphreys of the Journey’s Into American History Podcast for granting permission to use this historic recording. His podcast can be subscribed through iTunes and other podcast services. This radio program was performed live on December 15, 1941, just one week after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Read more at the podcast blog page by clicking on this link.
    Wednesday
    Dec142016

    (S01-E02) Historic Voices Podcast: Paul Harvey - "So God Made a Farmer"

    In this episode we feature a short speech by Paul Harvey, the famous radio personality. Mr. Harvey delivered this four-minute speech, “So God Made a Farmer” at the Future Farmers of America (FFA) annual convention in Kansas City during 1976. It is a wonderful example of Mr. Harvey’s Midwestern roots, love for agri-business, and deep respect for the farmers that feed the nation. Read more at podcast blog page by clicking on this link.
    Wednesday
    Dec142016

    (S01-E01) Historic Voices Podcast: Introductory Episode

    David Arendale shares the purpose of this new podcast that features audio recordings of famous speeches, recordings, and radio shows featuring the voices that provide a personal account of historical events that still have an impact today.
    Wednesday
    Dec142016

    Historic Voices Podcast: Global History and Culture

    Greetings. I have started a new podcast called "Historic Voices: Global History and Culture" Each podcast episode will feature voices of important people from the past. Some episodes will bring the voices of political leaders, common citizens who living during extraordinary times, and occasional entertainers who helped Americans live through difficult times. All the voices are authentic and come from open resources. I will provide a short introduction to the program and then another at the end to provide more historical context for the audio recording. Historic Voices Podcast brings the voices from the past that make history alive through their personal accounts and public speeches. This podcast is part of the LifePodcast Network composed of other family-friendly podcasts that bring a positive message of hope and inspiration. Check out the LifePodcast Network by clicking on this link, http://lifepodcast.net. Send email to me at david@lifepodcast.net Read more at the blog page for the podcast by clicking on this link. [Historic Voices Podcast blog page]
    Monday
    Nov072016

    Prerequisite Approach to Learning Assistance: Developmental-Level Courses, Part Four

    The following is an excerpt from my book, "Access at the crossroads" described in the left-hand column.

    A learning assistance approach that bridges the prerequisite acquisition approach of this section and the concurrent acquisition approach in the next is to place developmental courses in learning communities. To overcome disconnection that sometimes occurs for students in developmental courses with subsequent college-level courses in the academic sequence, some institutions place these courses in learning communities, integrating them with other college-level introductory courses (Malnarich and others, 2003). For example, a reading course might be paired with a reading-intensive course like introduction to psychology or world history. A rigorous study explored the impact of these learning communities. At Kingsborough Community College (part of the City University of New York), students scoring low on admission tests for English were placed in a learning community that included a developmental English course, a course in health or psychology, and a one-credit orientation course. Using a randomized trial that placed students in this learning community or a control group, the students in the experimental group experienced higher outcomes—enrolling in more courses, passing more classes, earning more college credits, and earning higher English test scores needed for a college degree (Scrivener and others, 2008).

    Wednesday
    Nov022016

    Prerequisite Approach to Learning Assistance: Developmental-Level Courses, Part Three

    The following is an excerpt from my book, "Access at the crossroads" described int he left-hand column.

    Several reasons are possible why analysis of developmental courses sometimes yields mixed or negative results. As stated earlier about remedial courses, it is unreasonable to expect that years of inadequate education or ineffective student effort in high school can be overcome by a single developmental course. A second reason may be a basic flaw in research design. Previous national studies (Bailey, 2009; Kulik, Kulik, and Schwalb, 1983; Roueche and Roueche, 1993, 1999) did not add variables to their analyses concerning attributes of the developmental courses and contexts in which they were offered. They did not have the ability to sort out poorly managed, average, or well-managed programs. When student data from all institutions are aggregated, it is not surprising to find inconclusive results. A finer level of analysis is needed for this complex issue. The only national study on developmental courses was sponsored through the Exxon Foundation in the late 1980s; it found these courses effective when they observed best practices and poor results for those that did not (Boylan, Bonham, and Bliss, 1994).

    The bottom line is that more careful and detailed research is needed to understand developmental courses and the variables that affect their effectiveness. Proponents and opponents of developmental courses call for more research in this area (Bailey, 2009; Boylan, Saxon, Bonham, and Parks, 1993). As the most vexing and controversial element of learning assistance, this issue demands careful and detailed national study. It is one of the recommendations for action listed in the final chapter of this report.

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