ERIC Number: ED204636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Who is the ABE "High Risk" Dropout Student? London Adult Basic Education 310 Demonstration Proyect, FY 1979-80.
Weisel, Laura P.; And Others
A study was conducted to identify the characteristics of high risk students in selected Ohio Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs, and to describe the characteristics of the programs in order to identify program characteristics related to the retention of participants. Nine programs, selected to represent programs of various sizes (small, medium, large), were studied, and student files of 1979 and 1980 were randomly selected from each program and analyzed for relationships of program characteristics to student retention and for differences in student characteristics from 1979 to 1980. The high risk student was defined in terms of the number of hours spent in the program. The more time spent in the program, the lower the risk for a student. Some findings include the following: (1) students with lower reading, spelling, and mathematics scores spent more time in the ABE program; (2) adults who were receiving some form of support, such as a stipend or Social Security payments, spent more time in the program; (3) older adults and adults from homes with low standards of living spent more hours in the program; (4) program characteristics that related positively to more hours spent in the program include flexibility in class scheduling, staff communication, and short student intake procedures. Further study of ABE students' individual goals and their accomplishment was recommended. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.
Authoring Institution: N/A