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ERIC Number: ED508659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 46
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Learner Persistence in Adult Basic Education: NCSALL Study Circle Guide
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
This guide addresses issues of learner persistence, motivation, and retention in adult basic education (ABE). Based on findings from the NCSALL Adult Student Persistence Study, participants engage in an examination of their own interests and experiences with learner motivation and retention and examine strategies of other practitioners. The goal of the NCSALL Study Circles is to help adult education practitioners, in a small group setting, learn about research findings, theories and concepts from NCSALL's research and discuss how these can be applied to practice and policy in adult education. This guide presents three sessions. In Session One, the Study Circle group will share information about their interest and experience with learner persistence and how the topic relates to their own work contexts. Session Two gives participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of three perspectives on learner persistence, motivation, and retention: (1) dispositional barriers, (2) stopping out versus dropping out, and (3) turbulence in attendance. In the final session, Session Three, the group will examine ways to hear from learners about the forces that support and hinder their persistence. Each Study Circle guide is divided into eight parts: (1) Goal of NCSALL Study Circles; (2) Tips for Study Circles; (3) Introduction to the Study Circle; (4) Study Circle Outline; (5) Schedule/To Do Form: What To Have Ready; (6) Session Guide for Facilitating the Study Circle; (7) Study Circle Readings and Handouts; and (8) Study Circle Resource Center Materials. Appended to this guide are: (1) Study Circle Flyer; (2) Pre-Meeting Packet of Readings and Handouts; (3) Session One Materials; (4) Session Two Materials; (5) Session Three Materials; (6) Resources for the Facilitator; and (7) Feedback Form for NCSALL.
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL). 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210. Tel: 617-482-9485; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy