ERIC Number: ED377342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Time to Leave? Progression and Drop Out in Basic Skills Programmes.
Kambouri, Maria; Francis, Hazel
A two-phase study examined the incidence and nature of dropout and progression from basic skills programs in England and Wales. During the first (retrospective) phase, data about 1,920 students' attendance/dropout patterns and reasons' for finishing/leaving their basic skills programs were obtained from 82 tutors (of more than 300 contacted) in 8 local education authorities (LEAs). Also in phase 1, 176 of approximately 636 former students originally contacted by their tutors and 1 LEA completed surveys. In the second (concurrent) phase, 4 sets of data about 800-1,200 students were collected from 59 to 35 tutors in each of 7 LEAs. Of the program leavers, 10% progressed to further education or training schemes, 17% moved/advanced to other classes, and 10% found/changed employment. According to the tutors, 5% of leavers attained their desired level of skills/training and only 1% were dissatisfied with their programs. According to the leavers, however, 10% had achieved the skills/training levels they desired and 7% were dissatisfied with their programs. More than one-third of students left basic skills tuition for reasons unknown to their tutor. (Contains 18 references, a glossary, and tutor questionnaires.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Basic Skills, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, National Surveys, Numeracy, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Student Promotion, Teacher Attitudes, Tutors
Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, 7th Floor, Commonwealth House, 1-19 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1NU, England, United Kingdom (6 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)