Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The experiences of remedial instructors at one urban community college: A case study
by Liburd-Shaddai, Jean L., Ph.D., Capella University, 2012, 108; 3550660
Abstract (Summary)

The number of incoming community college students, including recent high school graduates as well as nontraditional students, requiring remediation has increased dramatically in recent years. As a result, community colleges are mandated by the state to implement developmental programs to address the diverse academic needs of their students. Studies have investigated the cost and effectiveness of these remedial programs. As such, instructors of remediation are faced with the responsibility of implementing appropriate approaches to enable students to master basic skills and to prepare them for college-level courses. This qualitative case study describes the experiences of 12 instructors of remediation at a large urban community college in the northeastern United States as they applied approaches to enable students to master basic skills and to prepare for college-level courses. The data revealed that a majority of the instructors described their experiences as positive; only one participant viewed his experience as negative. Hand coding techniques were used to cull and organize the data. A number of themes emerged including positive experience, awareness of varied academic needs of students, satisfaction with students' progress, frustration with students' lack of progress, and learning environment. Also, a number of approaches were identified by the participants. These approaches ranged from traditional teacher-centered instruction to student-centered and web enhanced approaches. The study's findings identified a number of effective approaches that could be replicated in similar settings. The researcher recommended further study on the relationship between pedagogy and the instructors' perception of their teaching experience.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White-Johnson, Adair
Commitee: Lessner, Janet, Marin, Patricia
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Adult education, Secondary education
Keywords: Basic, College-level, Freshman, Instruction, Remediation, Skills, Urban education
Publication Number: 3550660
ISBN: 978-1-267-87921-9
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