ERIC Number: ED211696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
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Three Studies of General Educational Development (GED) Students--1971-1981.
Swarm, Christine C.
Three studies examined General Educational Development (GED) students in postsecondary institutions and determined their ability to achieve in college without a traditional high school education. A literature review focused on admittance of GED students to institutions of higher learning and students' characteristics. Tests that predict GED success were identified as were alternative testing devices for early high school exit. The 1973 GED student study identified characteristics and academic and social problems of undergraduate students currently enrolled in the Indiana University system. The second study (1977-78) focused on students from two Chicago area universities. The third study (1980-81) looked at GED students in colleges in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, and California. GED students overall did not appear educationally disadvantaged but felt they needed help in several areas and should have been referred to special services more often. Many had a stronger desire to succeed in college than in high school and realized education was desirable to increase earning and economic potential. Higher GED test scores indicated students who tended to achieve better in college. Chances of academic success were diminished because of lack of success in a traditional high school program. (Ten pages of references are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests