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ERIC Number: ED529511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 109
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1246-0129-8
Perspectives of International Students Returning to Persist in a GED Preparation Course: A Case Study
Gonzalez, Sharon D.
ProQuest LLC, D.Ed. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this study was to explore and describe what factors contributed to interrupted persistence among international students, in a General Education Development (GED) preparation course, in an adult continuing education department, in a community college setting, located in an urban area in New York City. The study utilized a qualitative case study approach in which a GED instructor employed at the setting of the study, conducted one-on-one interviews with international students currently enrolled in the GED preparation course for a second or third attempt at completing the course. Data were collected through one-on-one interviews between the researcher and international students currently enrolled in the GED preparation course. The data were analyzed through coding and constant comparative analysis to identify emerging themes and common patterns among the study's participants. The findings of the study revealed that inadequate preparation along with defeatist attitudes were the factors that contributed to international students dropping out. The findings also revealed that obtaining higher education was not a factor for international students enrolling in the course; rather, securing employment was the factor that contributed to these students returning to the course. The findings further revealed that international students would be more likely to persist in the course if the academic institution provided additional and alternative assistance to support their uninterrupted persistence in the course. These findings will be useful for improving retention among international learners during their first attempt at completing the GED preparation course and for providing additional strategies to educators in addressing the needs of international students enrolled in a GED preparation course who are exhibiting interrupted persistence behavior patterns. [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; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests