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Adviser - Dr. Daniels

Reader - Dr. Spruce

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EdD Colloquium - ONU

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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

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Other

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify potential challenges GED students face when matriculating into college. The survey instrument was The Adult Learning Questionnaire/Deterrents to Participation Scale-General. The research questions were; 1. What do GED students identify as potential situational challenges to college matriculation? 2. What do GED students identify as potential institutional challenges to college matriculation? 3. What do GED students identify as potential dispositional challenges to college matriculation? 4. What relationships exist in reported challenges as a factor of age, gender and ethnicity? The results were as follows; the three most identified situational challenges were; the students didn’t have the time for studying required, the students could not afford the miscellaneous expenses like travel, and books, the students’ employers will not provide financial assistance or reimbursements. The three most identified institutional challenges were the students wanted to learn something specific and the courses offered were too general, the courses were not offered in a convenient location, and the students could not afford the registration or course fee. The top three dispositional challenges identified were students didn’t enjoy studying, the students were not confident in their learning ability, and the students felt unprepared for college coursed. Research question 4 resulted in one statistically significant finding, a positive correlation between age and institutional challenges r=0.275, n=117, p=0.003

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Identifying Potential Challenges to GED Students' Matriculation to College

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The purpose of this study was to identify potential challenges GED students face when matriculating into college. The survey instrument was The Adult Learning Questionnaire/Deterrents to Participation Scale-General. The research questions were; 1. What do GED students identify as potential situational challenges to college matriculation? 2. What do GED students identify as potential institutional challenges to college matriculation? 3. What do GED students identify as potential dispositional challenges to college matriculation? 4. What relationships exist in reported challenges as a factor of age, gender and ethnicity? The results were as follows; the three most identified situational challenges were; the students didn’t have the time for studying required, the students could not afford the miscellaneous expenses like travel, and books, the students’ employers will not provide financial assistance or reimbursements. The three most identified institutional challenges were the students wanted to learn something specific and the courses offered were too general, the courses were not offered in a convenient location, and the students could not afford the registration or course fee. The top three dispositional challenges identified were students didn’t enjoy studying, the students were not confident in their learning ability, and the students felt unprepared for college coursed. Research question 4 resulted in one statistically significant finding, a positive correlation between age and institutional challenges r=0.275, n=117, p=0.003