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Persistence Among Adult Education Students Panel. Findings from the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) Research: Adult Reading and Student Persistence

Findings from the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) Research
Author(s): 
Dr. David J. Rosen (Moderator)
Dr. John Comings
Mr. Ernest Best
Ms. Kathleen Endaya
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
African American Men’s Literacy Project
Massachusetts Alliance for Adult Literacy
Project READ
Redwood City Public Library, CA
Newsome Associates, Boston, MA
Published: 
2006
Resource Type: 
Product
Product Type: 
Skill Level: 
NRS EFL 1--ABE Beginning Literacy
NRS EFL 2--ABE Beginning Basic Education
NRS EFL 3--ABE Intermediate Low
NRS EFL 4--ABE Intermediate High
NRS EFL 5--ASE Low
NRS EFL 6--ASE High
NRS EFL 1--ESL Literacy
NRS EFL 2--ESL Low Beginning ESL
NRS EFL 3--ESL High Beginning ESL
NRS EFL 4--ESL Low Intermediate ESL
NRS EFL 5--ESL High Intermediate ESL
NRS EFL 6--Advanced ESL Literacy
Required Training: 

None

Abstract: 

This webcast consists of a panel discussion on persistence in adult basic education (ABE), English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), and General Education Development (GED) programs, as well as the findings of a National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NSCALL) study entitled, “Supporting the Persistence of Adult Basic Education Students.” The webinar presents a working definition of persistence, examines existing research on persistence, and describes NCSALL’s three-phase study of the factors that support and inhibit persistence. The panelists, who include a program administrator and a former adult education student, discuss the successes and challenges that they encountered in their efforts to increase student persistence. Topics include the importance of personal support, methods of encouraging persistence, and barriers that adult education students face in program persistence.

Benefits and Uses: 
This webcast focuses on student persistence in ABE, ESOL, and GED programs and features the findings of a NCSALL study, "Supporting the Persistence of Adult Basic Education Students." The panelists describe factors that support or inhibit student persistence, as well as examples and strategies that positively influence student persistence in adult education programs. This webinar would be most useful to teachers, program administrators, and state staff who seek to better understand barriers to learner persistence and methods to increase levels of persistence in adult education programs.
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