Factors Affecting Goal Completion of Adult Basic Education Students in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont (1996)

It is estimated that approximately 60% of those who enroll in Adult Basic Education leave the program before reaching their goal(s). Various studies have been done, particularly in the last decade, attempting to determine what factors influence dropout and persistence. Most research has been quantitative, focusing on reasons for dropping out, using data from end-of-the-year reports and Department of Education statistics. Often the reasons a person leaves the program are not known and follow-up can be difficult.

This study questioned successful goal completers directly about factors that influenced their persistence. Ten former students were interviewed and their responses taped, transcribed, and analyzed, in an attempt to isolate the characteristics or factors that encouraged continuation until completion of their goals. A demographics sheet covered: sex, age, marital status, length of time spent working on the goal, length of time from enrollment to completion of the goal, employment, family, class location, number of tutors worked with, last grade completed in school, last grade parents completed, prior school experience, diagnosis of learning disabilities, perception of learning, medical problems as a child, medication used (as a child or when an ABE student), and self-determination in approaching tasks. The main interview questions started out by asking what helped them reach their goals and, if they had thought of quitting, what kept them going. Other issues addressed were the impact of making progress, interest in subjects, program aspects (time of classes, etc.), self-esteem, and support.

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(1996). Factors Affecting Goal Completion of Adult Basic Education Students in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Retrieved May 28, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/thesis/thesis.pdf
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