ERIC Number: ED471977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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The Economic Benefits of the GED: A Research Synthesis. NCSALL Research Brief.
Tyler, John H.
The economic benefits of the General Educational Development certificate (GED) were examined through a review of four published papers and four unpublished working papers on the GED's benefits. Key findings were as follows: (1) a GED provides economic benefits only to low-skilled dropouts; (2) economic benefits of a GED appear over time--often over 4 or 5 years-- rather than immediately; (3) although the returns on postsecondary education and training are as large for GED holders as for traditional high school graduates, GED holders do not typically pursue postsecondary education or on-the-job training, thus missing out on economic benefits; and (4) a GED earned in prison appears to provide no economic payoff. The following were among the study's implications for policy, practice, and research: (1) GED preparation programs are a worthwhile investment; (2) better data on GED holders' postsecondary education and on the jobs held by dropouts with and without a GED is needed; (3) research on why GED holders' participation in postsecondary education differs from their intentions can inform policy responses; and (4) given that many males obtain a GED in prison, greater understanding of the "prison GED" is needed. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Comparative Analysis, Correctional Education, Cost Effectiveness, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Economic Impact, Educational Attainment, Educational Benefits, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Employment Patterns, High School Equivalency Programs, High School Graduates, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, Nontraditional Education, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Salary Wage Differentials
For full text: http://ncsall.gse.harvard.edu/research/brief_tyler1.pdf
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Sponsor: National Inst. on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests