ERIC Number: ED277897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov-19
Reference Count: 0
Factors Contributing to the Attrition of Adult Basic and Secondary Education Students.
Leonard, Rex; And Others
Attrition among students in adult basic and secondary education programs has been a perennial problem. Conducting research on this population is also problematic once they have dropped out of a program. A study surveyed 76 dropouts and 35 General Educational Development (GED) program completers from two large, multisite programs about factors influencing their continued participation in their program. Chi-squares were computed between the two groups on 14 reasons negatively affecting program attendance. Four demographic variables also were described. Results indicated that self-reported reasons for attrition of the dropout group were largely situational (trouble getting to class, child care problems, job responsibilities) rather than institutional or dispositional, following Cross's typology of barriers to participation in all forms of adult education programs. The major institutional reason given was the need for more individual attention. The GED completers cited many of the same problems, and, in fact, the only items on which the differences of the two groups were statistically significant were "trouble getting to class" and "stopped due to sickness." Three pages of references are included. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association Meeting (Memphis, TN, November 19, 1986).