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Brinkley-Etzkorn, Karen E.; Ishitani, Terry T. – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to understand the process of transitioning from the 2002 version of the GED test to the new 2014 computer-based version. Specifically, this research sought to identify: (1) stakeholder attitudes regarding the new computer-based test; (2) the relationship between students' computer access/comfort and their perceptions…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Equivalency Tests, Computer Assisted Testing, Stakeholders
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Blackmer, Rachel; Hayes-Harb, Rachel – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
We present a community-based research project aimed at identifying effective methods and materials for teaching English literacy skills to adult English as a second language emergent readers. We conducted a quasi-experimental study whereby we evaluated the efficacy of two approaches, one based on current practices at the English Skills Learning…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Literacy Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Jacobson, Erik – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2015
This qualitative study examines critical pedagogy in Japanese adult basic education. The research focuses on what teachers and others think the current conditions are for education that deals with social justice. As part of this, the research looks at how critical pedagogy is conceptualized in this context. Participants in the study (literacy…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Politics of Education, Qualitative Research, Critical Theory
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Patterson, Margaret Becker – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2014
Many adults with special needs, who did not finish high school, complete a GED® credential to go to college. As they prepare to transition, they may encounter barriers and likely require supports to succeed in college. The purpose of this qualitative research paper is to describe the college prospects of transitioning adults with a GED credential…
Descriptors: Special Needs Students, Adult Students, High School Equivalency Programs, Qualitative Research
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Reynolds, Sharon; Johnson, Jerry – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2014
This paper reported results from a qualitative analysis of assets and supports disclosed in the narratives of adult basic education students. These students were identified as exemplary by their instructors for academic achievement, hours of program attendance, or community service. Themes were identified using the "Four Pillars"…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Academic Achievement
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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
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Lott, Donalyn; O'Dell, Jade – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2014
This study examined the efficacy of general education development (GED®) acquisition and GED® completers' perceptions of college readiness and social capital using a quantitative methodology. Also, the study used a descriptive, cross-sectional research design framed by the social capital theoretical perspective. The conceptual framework developed…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, College Readiness, Social Capital, Adult Literacy
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Reynolds, Sharon; Hitchcock, John – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2014
The attitudes of adult basic education faculty members toward teaching adults with learning disabilities are likely to influence the success of their students; however, there are no existing survey instruments that measure this construct or the practical knowledge faculty members should have to effectively serve the population. A new survey…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Teacher Attitudes, Learning Disabilities
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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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Lee, Yin Lam – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2013
Adult immigrants are invaluable assets to our society as they bring along their cultural capital across borders. However, little is known about how their rich life histories reflect and refract their plights as ESL learners. This study is an investigation of three adult immigrants' English learning in an immigration center in the Midwest. The…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Immigrants, Adults, Adult Learning
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Vu, Phu; Vu, Lan – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2012
According to the U.S. Department of Education (2004), more than 40% of approximately three million learners in the federally-funded adult education programs are in the area of English as a second language (ESL). These learners, the majority of whom are immigrants and refugees, represent a huge diversity of cultural backgrounds and nationalities,…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Immigrants
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Horne, Lela M.; Rachal, John R.; Shelley, Kyna – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 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…
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Educational Certificates, Role, Difficulty Level
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Shaw, Donita Massengill; Disney, Laurel – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2012
The purpose of this study is to provide a deeper understanding of learning disabled young adults who struggle with low literacy skills in order to learn more about their literacy profiles and, from an emic perspective, understand the affective factors that may have influenced their attendance and persistence in a post-secondary residential…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Literacy, Colleges, Listening Comprehension
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Thomas, Robert G. – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2012
In 1979, when the author began as an academic instructor at the Central Coast Adult School, located inside the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo, California, he saw his teaching role in the traditional sense of imparting knowledge through the school's curriculum. Over time, however, his viewpoint changed as he came to recognize that the…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Correctional Institutions, Correctional Education