Persistence Among Adult Basic Education Students in Pre-GED Classes

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A key difference between adult and child learners is that adults choose to participate in educational programs while children participate because of legal mandates and strong social and cultural forces that identify schooling as the proper “work” of childhood. Adults must make active decisions to participate in each class session and often must overcome significant barriers to attend classes. Every adult education program should help adult students persist in their learning until they reach their educational goals.

NCSALL was engaged in an study designed to:
1) develop and test advice for adult basic education practitioners on how to help adult learners persist in their studies; and
2) develop and test advice for policy makers on how to structure funding and accountability systems in ways that will support learner persistence.

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