ERIC Number: ED079592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Preventing Dropouts in Adult Basic Education. Research to Practice Series.
Seaman, Don F.
Reasons given by Adult Basic Education (ABE) students for leaving the program are interpreted and discussed, and implications for the ABE program are suggested. The reasons are classified into four categories: environment, physiology, wants and goals, and past experiences. The chief reasons given for dropping out in relation to the ABE program environment were: class centers are not conveniently located; students in one-parent families find it difficult to attend classes regularly; ABE class schedules are too rigid; class locations are sometimes not conducive to the students' personal safety; and classes are too large. As to physiological factors, student dropouts felt that the ABE program did not provide health-related services and that classes were held when the students were too tired to attend. Reasons related to the wants and goals of the students were that students are recruited into the ABE program without their being adequately informed as to what the program can do for them, and that the ABE program does not provide job-related training. The past experiences that students related to dropping out were: a dislike of testing procedures in the ABE program; learning materials were too childish and uninteresting; disinterest of the ABE teachers in their students; methods used by ABE teachers in class that cause the student embarassment; no clear indication by teachers of what is expected by the students in their classwork; lack of adequate feedback by the teachers; and inadequate counseling. Eight references for additional study are provided. (For related documents, see AC 014 525-532, 534.) (DB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Citations (References), Dropout Prevention, Guides, Physical Environment, Research, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Teacher Responsibility
The Florida State University, Research-Information Processing Center, Dept. of Adult Education, 920 West College Ave., Tallahassee, Florida 32306
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Basic Education.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Dept. of Adult Education.