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ERIC Number: ED567247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 78
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-6491-2
Obstacles and Barriers to GED Success in Eastern Kentucky
Leedy, Jennifer
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Morehead State University
The General Equivalency Diploma (GED) is a credential created to help individuals that did not or could not complete a high school education and receive a high school diploma. Individuals can obtain their GED by returning to school with enrollment in Adult Education Programs and GED classes; however, many individuals without a high school diploma fail to even enroll in GED Programs and classes. In addition, far too many that do enroll fail to complete the program and again drop out. When individuals do not enroll in--or enroll and then fail to complete GED programs--there is a negative impact on the lives of the students, the success of the programs, community, and society. Therefore, it is important to try to ascertain the reasons why students do not enroll, or enroll and do not complete, thus resulting in recruitment, retainment, and re-engagement problems. This capstone project was initiated to first investigate the obstacles and barriers faced by students that result in recruitment, retainment and re-engagement problems that hinder GED success for all concerned parties. Next, this capstone project was used the collected data and analysis to develop some recommendations and solutions to either remove or minimize as many of the identified obstacles and barriers as possible. Using both a quantitative and qualitative approach data were collected. These data were then examined and analyzed resulting in the categorization of the obstacles and barriers into three major areas: school related issues, personal issues, and home/family issues. Finally, analysis of these three issues was used to formulate some recommendations that may help students and adult education programs become more successful in battling the obstacles and barriers that cause the recruitment, retainment, and re-engagement problems that hinder GED success. [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: High School Equivalency Programs; High Schools; Adult Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests