ERIC Number: ED099662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Participation in Texas Programs of Adult Basic Education: An Identification and Analysis of Factors Related to Rates of Enrollment, Attendance and Completion in Adult Basic Education.
Richardson, Chad; Nyer, Loren M.
By 1971, Texas had attained the largest enrollment of adults in adult basic education (ABE) of all States. This report provides a descriptive profile of ABE teachers and students and analyzes factors determining student enrollment, attendance, and program completion. An exploratory search, the study assesses the relationship of situational, dispositional, and program factors to participation stages of enrollment, attendance, and separation. Situational factors were those variables existing in the life situation of adults that hindered or encouraged participation, while dispositional variables were those existing in the minds of adults. Program factors referred to ABE program aspects which reduced or encouraged participation. Research populations tapped were: a sample of ABE participants compared with a similar sample of eligible, non-enrolled adults; State attendance information of adults currently participating in ABE programs; interviews with adults separated from the program during the preceding three years. It was found that the enrollment rate of Mexican Americans and blacks was greater than their expected proportionate enrollment, but attendance and program completion were lower than for Anglos. Minority adults seem to experience more obstacles than Anglos in ABE participation. Inducement items significantly related to completion were those indicating satisfaction with one's progress or perceived achievement in ABE. (EA)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Adults, Anglo Americans, Attendance Patterns, Blacks, Enrollment Influences, Field Interviews, Individual Characteristics, Mexican Americans, Minority Groups, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Perception, Student Participation, Tables (Data)
Chad Richardson, Program Administrator, Texas Department of Community Affairs, P.O. Box 13166, Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711 (No price listed)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Univ., Austin. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.; Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Adult and Continuing Education.; Texas Univ., Austin. Div. of Extension.
Authoring Institution: Texas State Dept. of Community Affairs, Austin. Office of Education, Information, and Training.
Identifiers - Location: Texas