Highlights from the 3rd National Conference on Research in Developmental Education

The 3rd National Conference on Research in Developmental Education was a great success. We would like to thank all those who presented their research, as well as those who attended. We hope that this was a valuable professional experience for you. For details on some of the featured presentations from this conference, see below.

2001 Research Conference Institute and Workshop Descriptions

Ross MacDonald, "Creating Opportunity and Promoting Independence: Training Tutors to Empower Students"

This highly-interactive workshop provides materials and techniques for increasing student involvement in their own learning. After a short introduction to the research which informs the curriculum, participants will use the material to practice these techniques and consider applications to their particular programs.

Rita Smilkstein, "How the Brain Learns: Research, Theory, and Classroom Applications"

Teachers who understand the brain's natural learning process are better able to help students be motivated, successful learners. This interactive institute reports on research about how the brain learns and presents learning-teaching theory based on this research. Participants will have hands-on experiences with classroom-proven, brain-based curricula, pedagogy, and assessment tools.

Hunter R. Boylan & Barbara S. Bonham, "Research Yourself: Using Your Own Program as a Basis for Research"

This pre-conference institute will focus on using your own program or classroom to conduct small-scale research. It will emphasize simple techniques for selecting research questions, collecting and analyzing data, and organizing and presenting findings.

Ross MacDonald & Michael O'Hear, "A Critical Review of the Research in Developmental Education"

This session presents models of the best current research in developmental education and analyzes these for principles and techniques for effective research presentations. Participants should be able to better judge the quality of research and to develop quality projects of their own.

Claire Weinstein, "Creating Strategic and Self-Regulated Learners: Assessment, Instruction, and You"

This workshop will focus on the interactive effects of assessment, instructional interventions and the roles of higher education professionals in helping developmental education students become more strategic, self-regulated, and successful learners. The target audience for this workshop includes: administrators, faculty, learning assistance specialists, advisors, counselors and orientation specialists.

Susan Clark-Thayer & Georgine Materniak, "NADE CERTIFICATION TRAINING INSTITUTE"

NADE certifies developmental coursework, tutor services, and adjunct instructional program components (course-based study groups such as SI) of learning centers and developmental education programs. Program components can be certified at one of three levels: General, Advanced, and Distinguished. To have a nationally-certified program results in increased credibility on campus. More importantly, a nationally-certified program presents the best in quality of program design and student outcomes. Ultimately, it is the students who will benefit from programs meeting the criteria for certification.
Applicants for NADE Certification are required to attend the Institute to learn about conducting and documenting a program self-study, to examine types of program evaluation related to program goals, and to understand the levels of certification awarded and the application procedure.