ERIC Number: EJ1155710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Challenges and Solutions to Assisting Older Adults in Completing the GED: A Study of What the Experts Say
Brinkley-Etzkorn, Karen E.
International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, v7 n4 Article 2 p16-34 2016
The purpose of this study was to investigate the challenges and solutions encountered by Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs currently serving older adults seeking a GED credential in states where this is the only high school equivalency option available. The following questions guided this research: (1) what are the perceived characteristics and needs of older students seeking a high school equivalency diploma?; (2) how do GED programs promote the success of their older students?; and (3) what are the future service and planning needs of these GED programs with regard to this population? To address these questions, a series of 55 one-on-one, semi-structured interviews with experts across 32 GED-only states was carried out. Findings revealed a consistent, shared experience in terms of overall attitudes and challenges among these experts, as well as a variety of innovative practices and recommendations for assisting older learners.
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Adult Basic Education, Barriers, Older Adults, Student Needs, Student Characteristics, Success, Planning, Semi Structured Interviews, Technological Literacy, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Geographic Regions, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation, Student Motivation, Partnerships in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High School Equivalency Programs
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests
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