ERIC Number: EJ1156286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
The Effects of an Intensive Postsecondary Transition Program on College Readiness for Adult Learners
Kallison, James M., Jr.
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v67 n4 p302-321 Nov 2017
Postsecondary transition programs have emerged to prepare adult learners to enter college with either limited or no remediation work needed in developmental education. This article examines the results of a pilot study, in which participants (ages 20 years and older who held GED® credentials or high school degrees) received accelerated instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, learning framework, and college knowledge. These transition programs, which took place at five sites in Texas, used a short-term (10 weeks or fewer) but intensive (at least 120 contact hours) cohort intervention model. Of the 20 pairs of pre- and postprogram assessments, which evaluated student achievement gains in reading, writing, and, mathematics, 18 resulted in statistically significant increases. However, many participants who realized achievement gains did not reach the college readiness benchmarks (as measured by the assessment instrument) in all three subject areas. However, evidence suggests that these students are better prepared academically than before the program.
Descriptors: College Readiness, Transitional Programs, Postsecondary Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Acceleration (Education), Program Effectiveness, Pretests Posttests, Reading Achievement, Writing Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Statistical Analysis, Achievement Gains, Enrichment Activities, Career Guidance, Student Centered Learning, Curriculum, Study Skills, Learning Strategies, Measures (Individuals), Skill Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Learning and Study Strategies Inventory
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