This qualitative study focused on documenting the stories of adult General Educational Development (GED) students enrolled in a GED preparation program. The study addressed the following question: What factors contribute to the success of adult GED test takers earning the credential? Using Mezirow’s (2009) transformative learning theory, the study documented the stories of six adult students. Semi-structured interviews and a focus group were utilized to collect data. The data were analyzed and the themes of relationships and extrinsic motivation/future goals emerged as important factors in students earning the credential. The students in this study experienced disorienting dilemmas and critically reflected after engaging in dialogue with fellow students, instructors, and family members and friends. These factors contributed to the adult students earning the GED.
|Commitee:||Garcia, Angelica, Sanders, Karen|
|School:||Lewis and Clark College|
|School Location:||United States -- Oregon|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
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