ERIC Number: ED120500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Report on Adult Learners: A Profile of Fifty Adult Learners With Their Reactions to an Adult Life Skills, Competency-Based, Applied Performance Assessment System.
Nickse, Ruth S.
The report, based on the first 11 month's field test experience of the New York State external high school diploma program with its competency-based assessment system, provides background information for use by adult educators in program development. The positive impact of the program and a brief overview of its objectives are presented. Section One of the report continues the story of the field test demonstration (begun in an earlier paper on the development of a performance assessment system) and profiles the first 50 graduates. It discusses: demographic information (age, sex, and race), reasons for dropping out of school, motivations for pursuing the high school credential, their occupations, and leisure and learning activities. Section Two details the adults' reactions to performance testing. Information includes: the learners' perceptions of the content of the tests (life skills competencies) and the process of assessment (take-home tasks, oral and performance interviews); learning strategies, problem-solving approaches and resources used; comments about learning consultants, tutors, assessors, families, and friends who assisted the candidates; graduates' suggestions for program improvement; and graduates' goals for the future. Appended materials include: media reprints on the program and a summary of statistics on the first 50 graduates of the program. (Author/MS)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Adults, Competency Based Education, Educational Assessment, Equivalency Tests, Formative Evaluation, High School Equivalency Programs, Individual Characteristics, Nontraditional Education, Performance Tests, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Reaction
Syracuse Research Corporation, Syracuse University, Merrill Lane, Syracuse, New York 13210 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Learning Service of Central New York, Syracuse.