NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ836276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
"Then I Stop Coming to School": Understanding Absenteeism in an Adult English as a Second Language Program
Schalge, Susan L.; Soga, Kay
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v2 n3 p151-161 Fall 2008
This case study covers an ethnographic assessment of an adult ESL program at a community center in southern Minnesota. We studied factors preventing learners from attending classes and formulated improvement strategies by using a cultural broker framework and Knowles's (1990) principles of adult learning. Additional curricular structure and more effective communication between teachers and students regarding content and outcomes were identified as keys to reducing absenteeism. More attentive, respectful estimations of students' abilities would ensure effective communication and help students develop a sense of ownership in their learning. This holistic perspective produced a constructive model encouraging program staff to consider changes beyond the conflicting viewpoints of teachers and students on absenteeism. (Contains 1 table and 5 endnotes.)
Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy America. 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Tel: 315-422-9121; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota