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Brinkley-Etzkorn, Karen E. – International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 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…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Adult Basic Education, Barriers, Older Adults
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Brinkley-Etzkorn, Karen E.; Skolits, Gary – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2014
Given the changes made to the GED® test in 2014, one concern among state policy makers, adult educators, and GED® service providers has been the impact of these changes on students as well as teachers, staff, volunteers, and other GED® program stakeholders. Using a qualitative, case study research approach focused on one GED® test preparation site…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Young Adults, Adult Students, Student Attitudes
Rutschow, Elizabeth Zachry; Grossman, Amanda; Cullinan, Dan – MDRC, 2014
For the nearly 39 million U.S. adults who do not have a high school diploma, the General Educational Development (GED) programs and exam have served as the main avenue for improving individuals' skills and helping them earn a high school credential. However, few students who start these programs ever get this credential, and even fewer advance to…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Tests, Thinking Skills, Writing Skills
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Faltis, Christian – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2014
This study explores schooling in prison for young Chicano bilingual men as they work toward their GED. Using Gee's notion of "mushfaking," the study focuses on the experiences of two young men, Benny and Flaco, who partially acquire, use, value, and believe in the power of academic register Discourses for "sounding smart" in a…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Correctional Institutions, Males, Bilingualism
Baum-Leaman, Rebekah – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Although teachers continue to implement an array of best practices, learners identified as unsuccessful according to criteria may lack engagement to succeed in the current curriculum activities. Even as teachers continue to apply best practices in the classroom, data does not support continued improvement of student engagement and achievement of…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Phenomenology, Student Attitudes, Educational Practices
Grover, Sharon D. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
According to the instructors and administrators at a local adult education (AE) program in Houston, Texas, retaining and graduating general education development (GED) students has been a constant challenge. Locating GED attendance barriers could enable AE programs to develop techniques that increase student retention and graduation rates. The…
Descriptors: General Education, High School Equivalency Programs, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence
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Berridge, Gina; Goebel, Vella – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to explore the beliefs and perceptions of some of the stakeholders directly involved in a GED® program located in a county jail. The researchers investigated the perspectives of the jail's Chief of Programming, GED® supervisor, teachers, and inmates participating in the program. Although gathering data from the…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Correctional Education, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions
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Patterson, Margaret Becker – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2013
When transitioning to employment, students with disabilities who do not complete high school face multiple challenges; even beyond the challenges of students who complete a GED® credential later, especially in times of economic downturn and job instability. They cope with sometimes overwhelming struggles from disabling conditions. Thus GED passers…
Descriptors: Credentials, Adults, Employment Experience, High School Equivalency Programs
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Prins, Esther; Drayton, Brendaly; Gungor, Ramazan; Kassab, Cathy – American Journal of Distance Education, 2012
Although many adult basic education programs offer distance learning (DL) for GED (General Educational Development) and English as a Second Language learners, this topic has received little scholarly attention. This article examines the availability, usage, and effectiveness of DL for rural GED candidates in Pennsylvania; students' demographic and…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency Programs, Distance Education, Educational Development
Grossman, Helene Joyce – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Sokolowski (2000) summarized the phenomenological attitude by saying, "We look at what we normally look through" (p. 50). Through interviews and document analysis, this study looked at the lives of six students and their decision to return to their education to earn a high school diploma. The purpose of this study was to illuminate how…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Interviews
Dunn Carpenter, Christina Marie – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The vision statement of one large Midwestern community college is "dedicated to helping students achieve lifelong fulfillment by providing a quality, innovative and responsive learning environment. Each day, [the college] champions the aspirations of individuals, communities and the state..." Helping each individual realize a lifelong…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, High School Equivalency Programs, Quality of Life, Community Colleges
Gonzalez, Sharon D. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this study was to explore and describe what factors contributed to interrupted persistence among international students, in a General Education Development (GED) preparation course, in an adult continuing education department, in a community college setting, located in an urban area in New York City. The study utilized a qualitative…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, General Education, High School Equivalency Programs, Adult Education
Wade, Joyce Dee Gibbons – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This qualitative study embraces the pedagogy that effective General Education Development (GED) teachers can enhance students' academic learning. The study explores what makes an effective GED teacher, such as attributes and instructional strategies. Three methodologies are used: 1) two ninety minute interviews with GED teacher using Seidman's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Effectiveness, Qualitative Research, High School Equivalency Programs
Matrundola, Lisa A. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This study investigated the services provided to students' participating in career preparation programs (e.g., career counseling, mentoring, apprenticeships, work-based learning, or GED programs) provided by the Massachusetts One-Stop Career Centers. A study conducted by the President's Task Force for Disadvantaged Students (2003) found that…
Descriptors: Employment Services, Mentors, Job Placement, Disadvantaged Youth
Snider, Susan Lynn – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The General Educational Development (GED[R]) Tests, established in 1945, helped determine soldiers' high school qualifications for the workforce, as they returned home from WWII. Because many soldiers dropped out of school to join the military, achieving a certain score on the test was a way for them to demonstrate that they had attained high…
Descriptors: Credentials, Educational Development, Adult Education, Interviews
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