ERIC Number: ED381626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
A Study of the St. Cloud, Minnesota, Adult Diploma Program: A School Choice Program. [and] Minnesota Legislation on Choice: A Study of Learners in the St. Cloud, Minnesota, Adult Diploma Program.
Randall, Ruth E.; And Others
A study examined the Adult Diploma Program (ADP), a project of the Minnesota High School Graduation Incentives Program, which gives 2 years of state aid to qualified learners to complete their requirements. Its purpose was to explore how persons enrolled in ADP find out about it, factors that led to making the decision to enroll in ADP, daily activities of learners enrolled in ADP, and what happened to persons after leaving the ADP. The main data collection procedure was ethnographic interviews with 15 learners currently enrolled in the ADP. These semistructured, face-to-face interviews identified the culture of ADP participants and generated answers to study questions. Students found out about ADP in a variety of ways, including community education, friends enrolled in the program, and through a mailed flyer. Students decided to enter the program because of a desire to finish high school, get a better job, and help their own children learn. Activities they reported included reading, working on the computer, writing, doing math, and studying geography. The most satisfying aspects of the program were the one-to-one instructional strategy and teacher-participant relationships. The students interviewed had just received their diplomas so they could not answer the question about experiences after leaving ADP. (Appendixes include a list of 22 references, questionnaire, student information sheet, and a conference presentation, "Minnesota Legislation on Choice: A Study of Learners in the St. Cloud, Minnesota, Adult Diploma Program" (Ruth E. Randall and Brian Bottge), that summarizes the study.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Includes a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (Orlando, FL, February 11, 1993).