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ERIC Number: ED239047
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Motivational Orientations of Adult Basic Education Students.
Bova, Breda Murphy; Zelazek, John
A study analyzed the reasons for adult participation in adult basic education (ABE) programs. During the study, researchers administered the Educational Participation Scale to 85 females and 72 males enrolled in ABE classes in New Mexico. Data from the returned questionnaires were examined to determine if any of the reasons for participation in ABE were related to age or sex. The researchers found that the factors "escape" and "stimulation" were of moderate importance to students between the ages of 18 and 45, of little importance to those in the midlife stage, and of above-moderate importance to those over the age of 55. While "professional advancement" and "personal growth" were of above-average importance to adults under the age of 50, a dramatic drop in ranking of scores for these factors occurred for those in later years. Based on these findings, the researchers recommended that ABE instructors make more use of small group instruction, mentoring programs, field trips, and community awareness programs. (A copy of the Educational Participation Scale is appended to this report.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Educational Participation Scale; New Mexico; Participatory Research