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ERIC Number: ED523492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 134
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-8929-5
An Analysis of Inmates in Davidson County, Tennessee: Factors that Impact Participation in GED Programs
Nashe, Turner, Jr.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Tennessee State University
This study examined the experiences of the incarcerated, school dropout population. With an ever increasing number of high school dropouts, it is imperative that educational administrators attempt to slow the regression. Jail facility educational administrators especially need to have information on ways to increase participation in GED programming within the inmate populations. This work is significant in that it provides insight into the objective and subjective nature of low participation rates by comparing perceptions of those eligible and participating as opposed to those eligible and not participating in GED programming. This study took place in Nashville, TN under the auspices of the Davidson County Sheriff's Department. There were surveys distributed to ascertain the personal experiences in the categories of previous school experiences, self concept and efficacy, peer influence, home/family influence, facility influence, and post release value of a GED. A multiple regression analysis was run among the seven categories to compare the participant and non participant populations so as to search for significant differences. It was found that there was no single contributor towards achieving the objective of increasing participation in GED programming while incarcerated. Only when considering the combination of self concept/efficacy, family/home environment, and previous school experience, were the most significant differences discovered between the two populations of inmates who participated and those that did not. No significance was found in the other areas of peer influence, facility influence, jail facility influence, post release expectation of a GED. The results of this study are useful to educational administrators both in jail facilities as well as in the general population. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; High School Equivalency Programs
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee