ERIC Number: ED455391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May-30
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Basic Education and Self-Esteem: Practical Strategies for Addressing Self-Esteem Problems among Basic Skills Students.
Kirstein, Kurt D.
The strategies used by practicing adult basic education (ABE) teachers to retain students with poor self-esteem were examined through an Internet survey that was sent to 115 ABE instructors at community colleges in Washington. The survey, which contained questions about the prevalence of poor self-esteem among ABE dropouts, specific behaviors indicating poor self-esteem, useful strategies for retraining learners, and strategies to avoid, elicited 23 usable responses (response rate, 20%). The 51 effective strategies offered were clustered into the following general strategies: (1) create a positive classroom environment; (2) encourage your ABE learners; (3) know your learners; (4) encourage interaction with other learners; (5) structure learning to be supportive and flexible; and (6) help your learners acknowledge success. The following were among the specific strategies offered: try to promote a relaxed atmosphere; use humor where possible and appropriate; congratulate students for deciding to return to school; encourage patience; respect students and never patronize them; and conduct ice breaker activities to help new students get to know current students. The strategies were incorporated into a pamphlet on retaining ABE learners that was designed to assist beginning ABE teachers (The bibliography contains 31 references. Copies of the survey tool and pamphlet for new instructors are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Students, Attitude Change, Beginning Teachers, Classroom Techniques, Community Colleges, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Educational Environment, Educational Strategies, Guidelines, Internet, Literature Reviews, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, Self Esteem, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Surveys
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Washington