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ERIC Number: EJ1060028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2169-0480
Attrition Happens: Towards an Acknowledgement and Accommodation Perspective of Adult Literacy Student Dropout
Pickard, Amy
Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, v2 n2 p114-126 Sum 2013
The rate of student departure from adult literacy programs is as high as 80% within the first 12 months (Porter, Cuban, & Comings, 2005). An examination of the literature reveals two perspectives concerning learner persistence: a "control perspective" and an "acknowledgement and accommodation perspective." The control perspective emphasizes the role of programmatic barriers and learners' dispositional attitudes as influences on learner persistence and seeks to remediate the "problem" of low learner persistence. The acknowledgement and accommodation perspective views low learner persistence as the result of a complex web of factors that includes the lived experiences of individuals in cultural and community contexts, negative systemic social forces such as gender inequality and poverty, and values/goals disjunctures between students and programs.
Commission on Adult Basic Education. PO Box 620, Syracuse, NY 13206. Tel: 888-442-6223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
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