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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.

    Wednesday
    May312006

    Access policies from national survey of FYE programs

    Barefoot, B. O. (2003). Findings from the Second National Survey of First-Year Academic Practices, 2002. Brevard, NC: Policy Center for the First Year of College. Retrieved July 4, 2004, from: http://www.brevard.edu/fyc/survey2002/findings.htm
    These findings are based on a survey results received from 1,000 colleges concerning first-year programs for students. Several of the questions were related to developmental education. While developmental education courses are offered at nearly all two-year institutions, the percentage drops dramatically with public four-year institutions: 80%, baccalaureate general colleges; 40%, baccalaureate liberal arts colleges; 70%, master's I & II; 70%, research intensive; 60%, research extensive. In the past five years the percentage of students taking developmental courses has increased most at public two-year institutions. In general, enrollment has remained even at four-year institutions though there are differences by type. About a third of baccalaureate-general colleges reported increases while an equal percentage reported decreases at research extensive institutions.

    Friday
    May262006

    Comprehensive theory of developmental education

    Wambach, C., Brothen, T., & Dikel, T. N. (2000). Toward a developmental theory for developmental educators. Journal of Developmental Education, 24(1), 2-4, 6, 8, 10, 29.
    The authors propose a comprehensive theory of developmental education which is based on developmental psychology. There are three basic concepts in the theory: demandingness, responsiveness, and self-regulation. Rather than operating with a "deficit model," this theory is rooted in developmental psychology which focuses on building the strengths of all students. A number of recommendations are provided for practical implementation of this theory in the classroom.

    Thursday
    May252006

    Stigma impact on students involved with developmental education

    Pedelty, M. (2001). Stigma. In J. L. Higbee, D. B. Lundell, & I. M. Duranczyk (Eds.), 2001: A developmental odyssey. Warrensburg, MO: National Association for Developmental Education.
    Thirty-eight students conducted ethnographic research among their peers at a developmental program within a large public university. The students found that many of their peers feel stigmatized. The author argues that stigmatization is an inevitable outcome of academic ranking and a result of the ideological narratives driving U.S. education. He proposes a "justice model" to deal with issues of academic stigma among students and faculty in developmental education programs.

    Wednesday
    May242006

    Monograph on theories for developmental education

    Lundell, D. B., & Higbee, J. L. Eds (2001). Theoretical perspectives for developmental education. Minneapolis, MN: Center for Research on Developmental Education, General College, University of Minnesota. Retrieved July 4, 2004, from: http://www.gen.umn.edu/ research/crdeul/publications.htm
    This monograph provides nearly 20 articles in four sections: new and revised theories for developmental education; culture and constructivism; literacy and composition; and theories for math and science.

    Tuesday
    May232006

    Critique of theories related to developmental education

    Lundell, D. B., & Collins, T. (1999). Toward a theory of developmental education: The centrality of "discourse". In J. L. Higbee, & P. L. Dwinell (Eds.), The expanding role of developmental education (pp. 3-20). Morrow, GA: National Association for Developmental Education. Retrieved July 4, 2004, from: http://nade.net/documents/ mono99/mono99.1.pdf
    After a review of various theories that have been used to define developmental education, the authors critique them regarding them. They found that most were theoretically underdeveloped. The authors recommend the idea of "Discourse" as articulated by James Paul Gee as a theory to guide developmental education.

    Monday
    May222006

    Applying developmental theory to a math program

    Kinney, D. P. (2001). Developmental theory: Application in a developmental mathematics program. Journal of Developmental Education, 25(2), 10-12, 14, 16, 18, 34.
    The developmental theory concepts of self-regulation, demandingness, and responsiveness (Wambach, Brothen, and Dikel, 2000) are applied to a developmental mathematics program at the General College of the University of Minnesota.

    Friday
    May192006

    Expanding the theory of developmental education

    Higbee, J. L. (1996). Defining developmental education: A commentary. In J. L. Higbee, & P. I. Dwinell (Eds.), Defining developmental education (pp. 1-5). Morrow, GA: National Association for Developmental Education. Retrieved July 4, 2004, from: http://www. umkc.edu/cad/nade/nadedocs/96monpap/jhmpap96.htm
    The author applies Chickering's Seven Vectors of College Student Development (1993) to understanding a theory of developmental education: developing competence, managing emotions, developing mature interpersonal relationships, establishing identity, developing purpose, developing integrity.