Developmental Education Preparation suggests faculty development that can be used for teaching developmental education and corequisites courses, specifically in mathematics. Providing a look into the needs of students that may not be prepared for college level courses, the premise of the book is to prepare the faculty as much as possible to handle a developmental course. Complete with techniques, pedagogy, instructional skills, when combined all together, this book can help with developing meaningful professional development on any campus across the nation. The interviews presented in this book provide the reality of some faculty of developmental mathematics education and revealed common trends in the needs and characteristics of corequisite courses. Based on the themes found, professional development is suggested to aid in helping shift any negative components of those themes. The themes help better understand the needs of teaching these challenging courses. Student success should start with faculty making sure they are equipped with the tools and understanding of the students. Student’s readiness starts with the faculty’s readiness. Having the combined understanding of faculty and student needs can help to create a professional development plan that will enhance the developmental level mathematics courses in higher education.
Ajai Cribbs Simmons, whose passion has always been in faculty development, is currently a community college Professor of Mathematics in Texas. With a Texas A&M University doctoral degree in Math Education, Dr. Simmons is on a mission to collect resources for faculty who provide instruction to students that are not college ready and to study strategies to address challenges in developmental classroom
CHAPTER 1: Developmental Mathematics Education
CHAPTER 2: Developmental and Corequisite Pedagogy
CHAPTER 3: Listening to the Voices of Faculty of Developmental Mathematics
CHAPTER 4: Successful Professional Development Options for Community Colleges
CHAPTER 5: Conclusion
About the Author
This timely book presents a poignant statement surrounding the current issues on developmental education. Community college instructors teaching corequisite courses combining the requirements of developmental mathematics and college level mathematics will find it a most valuable resource. An engaging read of extremely practical ideas based on a research study!
Discussions on the corequisite model for entry level mathematics courses has been at the forefront of post-secondary mathematics education for nearly a decade. In this book, Dr. Cribbs uses case studies and provides a research-based approach to how corequisite math classes are taught and the wide variety of models that exist. This is a great read and inspires corequisite math instructors to really think about their approach to closing mathematical knowledge gaps for students. This book will change mindsets about corequisite math classes.
If you are sincere about student success, this book is a must-read. The author provides a contrasting perspective of the pros and cons of implementing a mandated corequisite model. As a learning & development professional, I found it particularly interesting to learn about how the model impacted job satisfaction for the faculty members. This book highlights the tremendous value of professional development specific to the campus or university.