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ERIC Number: ED555007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 114
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-7725-5
An Investigation of Knowles' Principles of Andragogy in a Second-Language Environment
Coker, Catalina Mayoral
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
The purpose of the study was to examine whether teaching via Knowles' andragogical method was associated with English Second Language student performance. The study involved examining the effects of learning strategies on performance of English Second Language adult student learners in adult basic education classes through the application of a quantitative methodology with a correlational design which measured the linear association between the two variables. Adult learning environments were examined with the instructional approach of andragogy to determine if using Knowles' methods were associated with student performance. The findings may be able to be applied to improve teaching methods to engage adult learners from English Second Language environments. The descriptive statistics were calculated and a separate analyses was conducted for each hypothesis. The results indicated that the perception of the instruction method was positively associated with the English Second Language competency. The data suggested that as perceptions of andragogical methods increased, so did English Second Language competency. The Somers' "D" statistic was not significant for this study and therefore, the null for hypothesis 2 was retained. The data suggested that the competency level did not differ based on the instructors' report of use of andragogical methods of teaching. The data also suggested there was a significant correlation between contact hours and English Second Language course scores. According to the data, as the contact hours increased, the test scores increased, indicating a positive and significant correlation with the dependent variable. Teacher training in the use of andragogical methodologies is a future recommendation. [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; Adult Basic Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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