ERIC Number: ED427227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Student Retention through Student Support Groups. Final Report.
Parsons, R. Lance; Weldon, Bonnie
A project conducted in an adult literacy and basic education program in Pennsylvania proposed to use small group interaction to increase weekly attendance 10 percent from the previous program year, increase students' input into the learning process, and develop better tools to improve the learning environment. The group consisted of 39 adult students who were affected by welfare reform and corporate restructuring. Because of students' new work schedules, the project developed flexible hours and switched to larger-group interaction rather than the intended small groups. During the project students got to know each other and also kept journals to chart their progress and vent their frustrations. The project had the following outcomes: attendance increased; outside barriers such as transportation and child care were resolved through student interaction; more flexible testing and classroom hours were developed through student input; students' writing and communication skills increased; and students' self-esteem and educational progress were increased through peer tutoring and support. It was recommended that the techniques be duplicated in other programs and that tools be developed for better program evaluation. (A pre/post self-perception inventory, a learning-style inventory, and a monthly attendance chart are attached to the report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Carlisle Area Opportunities Industrialization Center, PA.