Instructional Practices

Effective instructional practices are the key to achieving desired student outcomes for developmental programs. Research has linked the following instructional practices with success for developmental learners:

D.1 Sound principles of learning theory are applied in the design and delivery of courses in the developmental program.

D.2 Curricula and practices that have proven to be effective within specific disciplines are employed.

D.3 The developmental education program addresses holistic development of all aspects of the student. Attention is paid to the social and emotional development of the students as well as to their cognitive growth.

D.4 Culturally Responsive Teaching theory and practices are applied to all aspects of the developmental instructional programs and services.

D.5 A high degree of structure is provided in developmental education courses.

D.6 Developmental education faculty employ a variety of instructional methods to accommodate student diversity.

D.7 Programs align entry/exit skills among levels and link course content to college-level performance requirements.

D.8 Developmental education faculty routinely share instructional strategies.

D.9 Faculty and advisors closely monitor student performance.

D.10 Programs provide comprehensive academic support mechanisms, including the use of trained tutors.


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