ERIC Number: ED357234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
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Learners at Risk: Completion, Persistence and Noncontinuation in Adult Basic Education.
Jha, LaDeane R.
A study examined the variables affecting individuals' decisions to discontinue attendance in or complete their adult basic education (ABE) program. The study sample consisted of 2,323 students enrolled in an ABE program through an urban community college in the Midwest over a 2-year period. Data were derived from student records and program reports regarding the following: student age, gender, math and scores on the reading portion of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), last grade attended, level of first placement, and TABE testing information. The data were subjected to descriptive and inferential statistical analysis to identify those factors that place adult students at risk of dropping out of ABE programs. Sixty-seven percent of the students discontinued the program, 22 percent completed some program goal, and 9 percent continued in the program. A moderate positive relationship between math and reading TABE scores and level of first placement was discovered. Analysis of variance established significant differences among the three student groups for reading and math scores but not for age. The study findings were used to develop a prediction model that correctly identified completing students 70 percent of the time and continuing students 58 percent of the time. The model did not predict noncontinuing students successfully. (Contains 72 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of Adult Basic Education