ERIC Number: ED329759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Schooling, Study, and Academic Goals: The Education of GED Candidates. GED Profiles: Adults in Transition, No. 2.
GED Profiles: Adults in Transition, n2 Jan 1991
A fall 1989 nationwide survey of General Educational Development (GED) Tests candidates examined schooling experiences, study patterns, and educational plans. Findings indicated the GED Tests attracted more young adults than older adults, more older women than older men, and equal numbers of young adult men and women. Seven percent of candidates, or an estimated 43,000, reported they had a disability. The most prevalent disabilities reported were health impairments including arthritis, diabetes, or other chronic illnesses; specific learning disabilities; and orthopedic handicaps. Nearly 7 of 10 candidates had completed 10th grade or higher. More than three of four reported earning in-school grades of "mostly C" or better. Candidates aged 18 to 24 reported higher levels of schooling than other age groups. Female, older, and minority candidates were more likely to report earning in-school grades of "mostly C" or better. Most candidates (84 percent) studied before taking the GED Tests. Women and older candidates were more likely to study. Most important reasons for taking the GED Tests were academic, employment, and personal. More candidates planned to enroll in community or junior colleges than in any other type of educational institution. (11 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Blacks, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Characteristics, Educational Background, Educational Certificates, Equivalency Tests, Ethnic Groups, Females, High School Equivalency Programs, Individual Characteristics, Males, Minority Groups, Motivation, Participant Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives
American Council on Education, Publications Dept. PAT, One Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1163 (series subscription $65.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. GED Testing Service.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests