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ERIC Number: EJ999053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Dispositional Factors Affecting Motivation during Learning in Adult Basic and Secondary Education Programs
Mellard, Daryl F.; Krieshok, Thomas; Fall, Emily; Woods, Kari
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v26 n4 p515-538 Apr 2013
Research indicates that about a quarter of adult students separate from formal adult basic and secondary education (ABE/ASE) programs before completing one educational level. This retrospective study explores individual dispositional factors that affect motivation during learning, particularly students' goals, goal-directed thinking and action based on hope theory and attendance behaviors, and self-perceptions of competency based on affective domain attributions about external and internal obstacles to learning and employment, and demographic factors. Among 274 ABE/ASE students, those learners who made an education gain in 1 year significantly differed from those who did not in only a few dispositional or demographic variables; and by educational level they significantly differed in a wide variety of dispositional and demographic variables. These findings suggest researchable questions and programmatic considerations that may lead to future innovations that improve learner persistence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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