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ERIC Number: EJ984638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-2169-0480
Academic Rigor and Economic Value: GED[R] and High School Students' Perceptions and Misperceptions of the GED[R] vs. the High School Diploma
Horne, Lela M.; Rachal, John R.; Shelley, Kyna
Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, v1 n1 p4-18 Spr 2012
A mixed methods framework utilized quantitative and qualitative data to determine whether statistically significant differences existed between high school and GED[R] student perceptions of credential value. An exploratory factor analysis (n=326) extracted four factors and then a MANOVA procedure was performed with a stratified quota sample (n=158). There were statistically significant differences (p less than 0.05) by student status for the academic and economic dimensions of value for the diploma. There was also a statistically significant difference by ethnicity for the social value of the GED[R]. Structured interviews (n=24) supported quantitative results regarding the diploma. Overall, participants ascribed higher value toward the credential they themselves pursued. (Contains 2 figures and 4 tables.)
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
Education Level: High School Equivalency Programs; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests