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ERIC Number: ED540869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 43
GED Preparation through Distance Learning in Rural Pennsylvania
Prins, Esther; Drayton, Brendaly; Gungor, Ramazan; Kassab, Cathy
Center for Rural Pennsylvania
This study investigated the types, use, and effectiveness of distance learning (DL) for General Education Development (GED) candidates in rural Pennsylvania. The research goal was to provide information for enhancing DL GED study options. Specifically, the study, which was conducted in 2009-2010, sought to: identify the types and use of GED distance education in rural Pennsylvania; describe the demographic characteristics and participation patterns of rural GED students in DL and face-to-face classes; determine the effectiveness of DL in preparing rural students to pass the GED tests; assess the cost of DL provision; and examine the advantages and disadvantages of DL for GED study. The results indicated that, from July 1, 2004 to December 31, 2008, 4 percent (975) of rural students in ABLE-funded GED classes participated in DL, with 47 percent of their instructional hours in DL. About 75 percent of these students participated in DL and face-to-face instruction. The research identified only four non-ABLE funded organizations that provided GED DL classes for rural students. The research found that DL is as effective as face-to-face classes in preparing students to pass the GED tests. The pass rate for rural DL students was 75 percent, compared to the national rate of 73 percent in 2008. The effectiveness of DL, coupled with the limited number of DL providers and students using these services, indicates great potential for the expansion of DL in rural regions. The estimated average cost of DL provision for Pennsylvania adult learners is comparable to other states. (Contains 7 tables and 13 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; High School Equivalency Programs
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania