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David Arendale  [96]

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At the University of Minnesota, I serve as an Associate Professor in History & Higher Education and Manager of the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) Best Education Practices Clearinghouse. My home academic department is Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Human Development. I teach an undergraduate global history course and conduct workshops for educators to embed best practices of student engagement, enrichment, and academic support. The EOA Clearinghouse identifies, validates, and disseminates best practices to increase persistence and academic achievement of historically underrepresented students.

My scholarly work is expressed through four research projects: (a) academic access, developmental education, and learning assistance; (b) learning technologies; (c) postsecondary peer cooperative learning groups; and (d) Universal Design for Learning. These are not mutually exclusive to each other since effective practices often are found at the crossroads of these four projects. A central theme is improving academic success of historically underrepresented students.

We do not need to "reinvent the wheel" regarding best education practices. Instead, we must effectively communicate what already exists to others. I welcome your thoughts and comments about my work and would enjoy the opportunity to collaborate. Take care, David Arendale (;

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2020 Draft course-based learning assistance best practice guides (3rd ed.)

Arendale, David (2020-01-01)
Course-Based Learning Assistance (CLA) is defined as peer cooperative learning assistance that accompanies a specific targeted course to serve as a supplement for that course. While many CLA activities operate outside of ...

2020 Draft glossary of essential terms for learning assistance and developmental education (4th ed.)

Arendale, David (2020-01)
The purpose of this glossary was to identify and describe education practices that improve academic performance, close the achievement gap, and improve persistence towards graduation for low-income, first-generation, and ...

EOA best practices clearinghouse directory 2019 (5th ed.)

Arendale, David (Educational Opportunity Association, 2019-12-31)
The purpose of this directory was to identify, describe, and evaluate evidence that the education practices improve academic performance, close the achievement gap, and improve persistence towards graduation for low-income, ...

Postsecondary peer cooperative learning programs: Annotated bibliography 2019

Arendale, David (2019-12-31)
This 2019 annotated bibliography reviews seven postsecondary peer cooperative learning programs that have been implemented nationally and internationally to increase student achievement. An extensive literature search was ...

Peer group facilitator professional identity development, part four of four

Arendale, David (2019)
This study focused on the student paraprofessionals who facilitated study groups for rigorous college courses. A grounded research study of these student leaders at an institution identified professional identity development ...

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