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(A) Reports on Developmental Mathematics ... the Good, the Bad, and the ___

Technology Solutions for Developmental Math: An Overview of Current and Emerging Practices
(Gates & Hewlett foundation) -- January 2009





Developmental Mathematics Texas Public Institutions of Higher Education
Texas Report 2005


Community College Research Center: Effectiveness of Developmental Education


Community College Chronicle article April 21, 2009 A moral imperative to improve 'remedial' education (does not discuss just mathematics).




(B) Prior Efforts ... Reforms, Redesigns, Background

California Basic Skills Initiative ... includes searchable 'effective practices': see BSI California

Promising practices (
Office of Vocational and Adult Education 2005)

NADE Math Spin "Best Practices" Best Practices by NADE




MAA website on Curriculum Foundations http://www.maa.org/features/currfound.html


Achieving the Dream and related reports:
State Policy

Promising Practices

Promising Instructional Reforms








(C) Opinions, Analysis, and Good Reading

Ted Panitz Sabbatical Report on Developmental Mathematics Sabbatical Report

Jack Rotman Sabbatical Reports on Cognitive Science, Developmental Mathematics Rotman's Sabbatical Reports

Let's Abolish Pencil-and-Paper Arithmetic by Anthony Ralston __http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~ar9/abolpub.htm__

Is Mathematics Necessary? by Underwood Dudley (DePauw University) http://www.public.iastate.edu/~aleand/dudley.html

http://www.maa.org/t_and_l/urgent_call.html
Although this document from the MAA focuses on college algebra, I believe it sets the tone for what also needs to be done in algebra courses leading up to college algebra (i.e., developmental math).

http://www.maa.org/columns/launchings/launchings_4_08.html
And another from the MAA website. This one focuses on algebra - developing procedural fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving skills.


Applications and Misapplications of Cognitive Psychology to Mathematics Education

by **John R. Anderson et al http://act-r.psy.cmu.edu/papers/misapplied.html**
A bit 'old', but still a good summary of scientific cognitive psyhcology to math ed; might challenge your beliefs.



ACT report on 2008 testing

http://www.maa.org/columns/launchings/launchings_4_08.html
And another from the MAA website. This one focuses on algebra - developing procedural fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving skills.

Long-term trends in college mathematics enrollments (pre-college, precalculus, calculus) versus high school math courses. Not specifically about developmental, though obvious connections are present.
www.macalester.edu/~bressoud/talks/College_Perspective.ppt