What Works: Research-Based Best Practices in Developmental Education

 research-based best practices in developmental educationBy Hunter R. Boylan, Ph.D.

A Joint Project of the Continuous Quality Improvement Network and the National Center for Developmental Education

What Works features results from the "Best Practices in Developmental Education" benchmarking study by the Continuous Quality Improvement Network and the American Productivity and Quality Center. These results are combined with findings from a decade of research by the National Center for Developmental Education to create a guide to the best models and techniques available for the professional developmental educator.

What Works identifies practically everything we know from research on how to design, implement, and evaluate developmental education and learning assistance programs. It addresses such issues as:

  • What are the most effective organizational arrangements for developmental education?
  • What classroom techniques result in the most learning for developmental students?
  • How should developmental programs be evaluated?
  • What support services work best for developmental students?

Each best practice included in the guidebook is described along with the research findings supporting its use. In addition, the guidebook provides advice and suggests resources for implementing best practices.

What Works is published jointly by the Continuous Quality Improvement Network and the National Center for Developmental Education. The price is $29.99 plus $3.00 for shipping and handling.

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