Aside from the baggage that "remedial" carries, it also is a very limiting
term because it focuses only on the student and what needs to be fixed in
the student.   A developmental framework is an enabling one rather than a
limiting one  in that it allows for us, even requires us to look at the
context of development.  This includes the student's world and the
teacher's world and the point where they intersect, the Institution.  It is
a more scholarly framework and thus invites the academic community to
critique it, refine it, and build theory as well as practice.  It is a more
timely framework in that life-long learning implies a life-long
developmental process, beyond the freshman year where remediation currently
resides.  Finally, it is a more financially defensible framework in that
remediation is in more danger of being cut when budgets get tight.  I hope
this helps.  Ultimately, this is a political process and we must identify
which faculty/administrators need convincing and which we can ignore.

Miguel Angel Acosta
College Enrichment Program
University of New Mexico

--On Monday, September 23, 2002 1:43 PM -0400 "Boone, Steven"
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Mary Catherine
> In graduate school, we were given the categories below. Categories were
> used for selecting reading curriculum to facilitate individualized
> intervention. Once a student enters post-secondary, I am inclined to use
> Developmental.
> For the program here at Towson, the question is not "can a student read
> or is a student at a particular level?" The question is "can a student
> manage the reading demands in higher education? " Students have met the
> criteria for admittance. Their academic profile suggests they may be at
> risk. The reading program is designed to minimize risk and facilitate
> retention.
> Probably the most important information from students comes from our
> Reading Inventory. Two of the questions are: (1) Do you like to read? (2)
> When you do read, what do you read? As you might suspect the answer to
> (1) is almost always "no". And, the answer to (2) is almost always "junk
> novels and magazines", easy reads. This is where the "Developmental"
> process begins.
>         Developmental   At or above grade level
>         Corrective      Between 1 and 3 years below grade level
> Remedial        Greater than 3 years below grade level
>  -----Original Message-----
> From:   Mary Catherine Denmark [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent:   Monday, September 23, 2002 11:58 AM
> To:     [log in to unmask]
> Subject:             Remedial vs. Developmental
> My college is in discussion about using the term remedial verses using the
> term developmental.  I am trying to convince my school that we should be
> using the developmental, but am having a very difficult time convincing a
> few faculty.  Is there anyone out there who would be willing to explain
> the difference between the two and why we should use one verses the
> other.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
> MC Denmark
> Director, Student Resource Center
> Washington & Jefferson College
> Washington, PA  15301
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